Food for thought takes on a whole new meaning as dining services recreates a Titanic-themed meal complete with educational components to mark the end of Shultz dining center.
Shultz will officially close at the end of the semester — the building will be overtaken by the Center for the Arts. But before its departure, dining services wanted to hold one last themed dinner.
“For the last special meal at Shultz we want to go out with a bang,” said Luther Moseley, assistant director of Shultz.
Planning for themed dinners starts as early as the summer, when dining services decides on the themes for the upcoming school year.
“We wanted to come up with a theme that not only lends itself to the food, but also incorporates an educational aspect,” said Charles Morse, a chef at Shultz.
Included on the menu for the dinner will be rack of lamb, stew, Shepherd’s pie, oysters and duck breast.
“We are going to recreate the Titanic by doing a mix of all the different classes and the foods they ate on the Titanic,” Morse said.
The lamb, oysters and duck represent dishes first class would have eaten, while the stew represents a traditional lower class meal. All of the different types of food will be available to everyone who pays for dinner.
“For a theme dinner, the food is a little more expensive, but that’s because the food is of a higher quality,” Morse said.
The meal will cost $4.85 on flex and $14.55 cash.
“By having the class distinctions with the food, we have been able to balance the price because the lower class food uses cheaper cuts of meat,” Morse said.
The Shultz crew has high hopes for the upcoming event. Nona Gabbert, the operations food production manager for Shultz, thinks the dinner will attract about 1,200 students. More than 500 people on Facebook are “attending” the event.
“We hope to win an award for the Titanic dinner like we have with past dinners,” Gabbert said.
The National Association of College & University Food Services is a group that recognizes outstanding dining services on college campuses. In the past, Shultz won an award for a pirate-themed dinner and are trying to have a repeat performance with its Titanic night.