What colleges around the country are serving up for Thanksgiving


As diners across America gear up to give thanks, colleges are finding unique ways to celebrate the holiday and serve a festive meal to students staying on campus over the break. Here’s a sampling of the Thanksgiving events taking place.

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Large-scale supper

Ohio Union

Ohio State University estimates that 1,600 diners will attend its annual Thanksgiving Dinner, to be held Nov. 22 in the school’s Ohio Union. At the event, students, staff and faculty will be served approximately 650 pounds of turkey and 432 pounds of green beans. There are two separate seatings for the dinner, which is staffed by university volunteers.

In the hall

Boston University

From 1-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Boston University’s Fresh Food Co. dining hall will offer Thanksgiving dinner to students and their visitors. Students can use their meal swipes and dining points on the meal, which will feature items such as Maple-glazed Tempeh with Squash and Brussels Sprouts, New England Butternut Squash Bisque and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes.

Family meal

baked alaska

Longwood University in Farmville, Va., serves Thanksgiving dinner family-style in its Grand Dining Room. This year’s dinner will be held the Thursday before the holiday and will feature the event’s signature dessert of baked Alaska.

Thanksgiving to go

thanksgiving lasagna

The University of Massachusetts is offering heat-and-eat holiday meals through its UMass Fresh to-go program. The meals, which serve six to eight people, can be ordered online and picked up on campus during set time periods. Dishes include Vegetarian Butternut Squash Lasagna with Sage Cream, Homemade Cape Cod Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce and North Hadley Maple Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Walnuts.

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