Chef Essig's Featured Item of the Week = 2011 Holiday Dinner

Home For The Holidays special dinner, featuring all-American cuisine

Each year Dining Services celebrates the holiday season by offering a special menu to the campus community. This year is no exception. The theme for this year's special dinner is "Home For the Holidays" and will feature American Regional Cuisine.

If you are not sure what American Regional Cuisine is, then this a good chance to learn a little about the unique flavors, ingredients, and cooking styles that boil up in culinary hot spots across America.

Join us for dinner on Wednesday, November 30th at Holmes Dining Hall or Tobey-Kendel Dining Room, and experience the regional favorites our Chefs are preparing.

We recommend arriving early to avoid the lines that form around our most popular event of the year. If you do find yourself waiting for a table, don't worry. We will be serving appetizers to welcome you into the dining room.

West Coast

Come in out of the cold and enjoy some Hot Washington Apple Cider while enjoying some foods of the West Coast such as San Francisco Sourdough Bruschettas, Ceviche, and Napa Cabernet Glazed Chicken Skewers.

Pennysylvania Dutch

As you make your way into the dining room, take the chill off by having a bowl of Amish country creations. Chicken Dumpling Chowder and Potato Cheese Soup will warm you up with a hearty slice of Amish Friendship Bread. Amish influence is prevalent throughout the foods of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and even into the Midwest.


Speaking of the Midwest, our salad bar will feature some tastes of this part of the country with Michigan Apple Cherry Salad, Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad, Huskers Corn Salad, and a Tossed Green Salad with Amish Blue Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, and Cranberries.


You don't have to visit the Midwest to get a flavor of what American Regional Cuisine is though. We have a lot happening right here in Colorado when it comes to food, even right here in Greeley. We will be using a wonderful stout beer brewed especially for this dinner by Jeff Crabtree of Crabtree Brewery. We will use the stout to marinate and to cook buffalo brisket. Tender, flavorful brisket carved just for you and served with Weld County Onion and Roasted Potato Medley, Colorado Bean, Millet and Quinoa Blend, Braised Greens, and much more.

Pacific Northwest

Keep traveling west as you visit the Pacific Northwest and enjoy some Lump Crab Mac and Cheese made with Tillamook Cheddar cheese or some crisp clam strips. I can smell the ocean air now just thinking about it.

Deep South

If you feel like heading to the Deep South, you can enjoy some southern comfort foods of Fried Chicken, Homestyle Mashed Potatoes, Country Gravy, Fried Okra and Flaky biscuits.

Gulf Coast

Skip over to the Gulf Coast and visit the French Market. We are serving Chicory Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Beignets.


If you still haven't found something that appeals to your taste buds, then fly over to the Northeast to our DASH line where you will find some Maple Glazed Duck Breasts, Pumpkin Spice Wild Rice, and Grilled Asparagus.

American Pies

Home for the Holidays and American Regional Foods would not be complete without some good old fashioned American Pies. Choose from Boston Cream Pie, Apple Cranberry Pie, or Pumpkin Pie. You may find some other wonderful sweets as well...

No matter where you are from, you probably have a special dish or a special meal that reminds you of home. We hope that in our menu this year you may find something that brings you back or maybe even creates a new feeling of holiday spirit, as you are home for the holidays here at UNC. Happy Holidays.

See the full menu here... and read more about the special cash prices for the Holiday Dinner.


Here in Dining Services, "We Feed The Bears!"

Chef EssigThere are many new and exciting things happening in Dining Services this year, and I certainly hope you will take advantage of what we have to offer. Dining Services is here for you because "We Feed The Bears" and we are very proud of it! GO BEARS!

Don’t forget to look at the weekly menus often to find out what other fabulous menu items await you this week! You can also call the FoodLine (970.351.FOOD) for daily menus. Not signed up for the Faculty/Staff Payroll Deduction program yet? Learn more about the program here.

Happy Dining!
Chef Aran Essig, CEC, CCA
(Certified Executive Chef, Certified Culinary Administrator)