UMD dining honors late alum Jim Henson

Sept. 29—A birthday party to celebrate what would have been Jim Henson’s 75th birthday provided an opportunity for dining services at the University of Maryland, Henson’s alma mater, to provide some Henson-themed treats for students. Joe Mullineaux, senior associate director, says the department created a multilayered cake in the shape of Kermit’s face, and chocolate and vanilla cupcakes stuffed with ‘Kermit Green” filling, iced with Kermit Green icing.

“The University Development office asked us to come up with an idea for an afternoon treat for about 300 guests that would be easy and quick to serve,” Mullineaux says. “The challenge was that they asked for this about one week before the event. So our very creative administrative chef, Jeff Russo, worked on several different ideas that would be fun and relate to both Jim Henson and the birthday theme. That led the Development office to create a birthday party event with the Maryland Marching Band playing ‘Happy Birthday’ and several hundred guests being lead in song by our university president and members of the Henson Family.”

For photos from the event, visit FSD’s Facebook page.

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