Hooked on Themes

Dining hall themed events provide opportunities for staff's creativity to shine.

Be it a trip to Oz or the round table, themed events at college and universities always bring the fun for students and staff. Though these events often require a lot of work, they also allow for the dining services staff to pull out all the stops in implementing the theme. FSD spoke to two operators about how they created memorable events for their operations.

At East Carolina University, in Greenville, Stephanie Sumner, district marketing manager for Aramark, says the department wanted to do a theme event that was a little whisical and fun.

"Usually we do more educational events, but we wanted to do something fun and different," Sumner says. "So our production supervisor, Crystal Dunn, suggested the 'Wizard of Oz.'"

The department named the event "There's No Place Like Todd (the name of the dining hall)," and the staff did their part to carry out the theme, dressing up as characters from the movie.

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