Special Events

Picnic on the Patio!

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Spring is in the air! What a better way to enjoy the beautiful campus of Miami University than to have a picnic outside with your closest friends! Picnic on the Patio will be on April 23rd and we hope the sun will be shining and everyone in in attendance to enjoy a beautiful day and fantastic meal!

You Cannot Say No to Chili!

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Miami University is filled with skyline lovers and of course we are all so excited to be able to celebrate National Chili Day! Grab your closest friends and head to any dining commons on campus to celebrate this very important holiday. Not only will the dining commons be serving Miami’s Chunky Chili, which is one of the most amazing things I have ever tasted on campus, but it will also be serving Cincinnati Chili!

Recap Ice Cream Extravaganza (Spring 2017)

Highlighted by ice cream and gelato, courtesy of Young’s Jersey Dairy and Miami Ice, Garden Commons played host to another fun rendition of Ice Cream Extravaganza! It was especially enjoyable for those with a sweet tooth!

Young’s Jersey Dairy brought a variety of flavors to share with guests, while Miami Ice brought a few of their classics from Armstrong Student Center. Guests also had the opportunity to win prizes from Graeter’s, Spring Street Treats and Mitchell’s Ice Cream, so they could continue the ice cream festivities after the special dinner was over.

Young’s Jersey Dairy, based out of Yellow Springs, provides the ice cream used in Encounter milkshakes and is the creator of Red Brick Bliss, Miami’s exclusive ice cream flavor served at Miami Ice.

Miami Ice is located in the Armstrong Student Center. Their delicious gelato is handmade, in-house at Armstrong.

Thank you so much for joining us for Ice Cream Extravaganza!  Keep tabs on our social media accounts so you don’t miss a thing coming to dining!

 


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Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner Recap

Another year, another tasty Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner! Back at Martin Dining Hall after being held at Garden Commons a year ago, our annual Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner is a fun baseball-themed special dinner, and one of our favorites to host. Featuring a menu straight from the ballpark, this year was another fun addition to this spring tradition!

Students from across campus joined us at Martin Dining Hall for a menu featuring authentic stadium fare like soft pretzels, boneless wings, mini corn dogs, mozzarella sticks, nachos, popcorn and more. There was a burger and hot dog bar (and brats), where guests could stack their stadium eats with their favorite toppings, or guests could opt for pulled pork, fresh from The Q. Items like pita chips and hummus, grilled chicken, black bean burgers and more offered tasty alternatives to the traditional ballpark staples. Of course, ice cream, cookies and cupcakes were on the menu for dessert as well!

We hope everyone enjoyed our baseball celebration, and the special menu, as much as we enjoyed hosting it! Check out our Facebook album for more photos from the dinner and keep tabs on our upcoming special events on social media (Hint: a similar menu will be served at Bell Tower very soon)!


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Baseball and Food: A Love Story

With all the crazy new food innovations happening in ballparks across America, it’s easy to wonder how it all started. Today, ballpark menus can span a wide range of flavors and types of food, but hot dogs have always been a staple of the baseball experience. While the exact origin of the hot dog itself is unclear, one of the most famous tales is that of Charles Feltman.

This butcher of German ancestry started a cart in Coney Island in 1867 from which he sold hot sausages on rolls. Soon the cart expanded into a big business. Then, according to History.com, a bread slicer at Feltman’s started his own stand in 1916, selling hot dogs for half the price. The bread-slicer’s name was Nathan Handwerker, the namesake for Nathan’s Famous hot dog brand sold in many ballparks across the country.

The earliest account of baseball and hot dogs becoming a pair tracks back to 1892 when Chris Von der Ahe began selling the treat at his ballpark in St. Louis. The peak season for hot dog consumption takes place from Memorial Day to Labor Day during which time Americans consume approximately seven billion hot dogs (yes, billion). While some of this consumption can be attributed to cookouts and other summer fun, at least 30 million hot dog sales each year can be attributed to ballpark concession stands.

As for snacks, each MLB team sells around 70,000 bags of peanuts each season. While peanuts were originally a snack of the lower class, they became a popular energy source for soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. After the war, their popularity only grew and they soon tagged along in the pockets of attendees of America’s Favorite Pastime. Discarded peanut shells quickly littered ballparks nationwide. Now, many fans can’t attend a game without a pouch of peanuts on their person.

As the song goes, “buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks,” but where did this iconic treat come from? This popcorn-based delicacy was introduced by Frederick and Louis Rueckheim at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. In 1896, the creation received it’s current name of Cracker Jack, which at the time meant something was awesome. A decade later, the baseball game favorite was included in Jack Norworth And Albert Von Tilzer’s song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”. According to history.com, the first Cracker Jack box prize appeared in 1912 and more than 23 billion tiny treasures have been distributed to this day.

If you’re favorite part of any baseball game is the food, you’re in good company. Today, concessions companies compete to outdo each other with the most outrageous creations. This season, MLB fans can keep an eye out for such offerings as the “Burgerizza” which, according to theweek.com, is a 20-ounce bacon cheeseburger with two personal pizzas as the buns.

Fans of the Atlanta Braves can look forward to a “Hot Dog Sundae” while Ranger’s fans can look out for the “Sweet Spot Cotton Candy Dog” — a hot dog topped with cotton candy.

Hungry yet? Join us at Martin Dining Hall on April 12 from 5-8pm for our Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner. The menu will feature a hot dog bar, with your choice of toppings, and many more tasty food straight from the ballpark! Share your favorite with us!


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One Miami Special Dinner Primer

On March 30, we will be hosting the One Miami Special Dinner at Western Dining Commons for our first special dinner of 2017! Come join us for an event that will feature an exciting menu with items from across the globe that you’ll only be able to find on campus during this dinner!


One Miami Special Dinner

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March 30, 2017 Western Dining Commons 5-8pm

Look for items like Vietnamese noodle salad (Vietnam), Korean beef (South Korea), potato pancakes (Germany), roasted Japanese eggplant (Japan), chickpea curry (India), and many other delicious options.

The menu will also be featuring some unique North American additions with tater tot poutine (Canada), chorizo and Monterey Jack pizza (Southwest US), Cincinnati chili (Cincinnati, OH), and Chicago hot dogs with toppings (Chicago, IL), among others.

If you’re looking for some special sweets, a Red Brick Bliss (Dayton, OH) Sundae Bar will be available with sundae toppings or you may opt for a tasty helping of crepe cake!

We’ll see you at Western Dining Commons!


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