When it comes to dining on campus, the Harvard undergrads have it good!
Last Friday afternoon, I met with a couple of the staff from Crimson Catering, a division of Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS), to have lunch together. (HUDS, by the way, serves around 18,000 meals each day!) In my new position, I will be planning a number of events that require catering, so the folks from Crimson Catering offered to show me around their facilities, explain their services, and treat me to lunch so I could sample some of their food firsthand.
Eating in the dining hall at Kirkland House, just like a Harvard undergrad, was pretty cool, especially with so many healthy dining options, delicious foods of all kinds, and a lively, young atmosphere. However, feeling like a college student again was soooo bitter-sweet!
I especially loved the decor inside of the Kirkland House dining hall. It had a country-esque design with French-style glass cabinets displaying blue and crimson china, but at the same time, it was modern and sleek with a stainless steal salad bar and granite counters throughout.
For lunch, I prepared a huge plate from the salad bar. My salad had a little bit of everything– from the usual arugula and raw veggies to a spicy couscous and a colorful quinoa-cranberry salad.
Salad bar in action!
I topped my salad with a piece of marinaded salmon as well as baked zucchini from the prepared hot foods station. The warm food options definitely jazzed-up my salad!
And, of course, my trip to the dining hall included dessert! I enjoyed two sugar cookies with a mug of cocoa mixed with decaf coffee.
Kirkland House had an entire dessert station! Thankfully, I am not a student at Harvard because this dessert station would be trouble for me! 😉
After lunch, the Director of Crimson Catering introduced me to the Executive Chef and encouraged me to take a fun photo for the blog– complete with a kitchen prop!
What a fun lunch! Thank you, Madeline and Paula, for showing me around and treating me to lunch!