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Special dinners and dining diversions (also referred to as "monotony breakers") are scheduled throughout both Fall and Spring semesters.

The purpose of these special events is to broaden your culinary horizons and to allow you to experience foods and cultures from around the world, or even around the state.

Join us at one (or all) of our special events coming up this year!

Taste of UNC

  • Special Events in the Dining Rooms

    Take a look at what we have planned for each month... and join us for all of them!!

  • August 2018

    Fall Opening Weekend

    Thursday - Sunday, August 16 - 19

    • Complimentary refreshments are provided for students and their families at Tobey-Kendel Dining Room & Holmes Dining Hall on Thursday during move-in.
    • Meal plans will be active for dinner on Thursday at Holmes Dining Hall, Tobey-Kendel Dining Room & the UC Food Court.
    • Dining Dollars will be active starting Thursday morning.
    • Fall 2018 Opening Weekend schedule (pdf) COMING SOON

    Taste of UNC

    Friday, August 17

    • Location: Turner Green (lawn area between Turner and Lawrenson Halls on West Campus)
    • Time: 5pm - 7pm
    • All dining rooms are closed at dinner... please join us at the Taste of UNC event.
    • Students use their meal plans during this event... and guests are welcome to join us at the special cash price of $6.00 (tax included).
  • September 2018

    Labor Day

    Monday, September 3

    • Holmes Dining Hall & Tobey-Kendel Dining Room are both open for Brunch and Dinner (instead of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
    • The UC Food Court, Bears Bistro, and all Gourmet to Go locations are CLOSED.
    • All Retail Dining locations will be CLOSED as well.

    Rosh Hashanah

    Sunday - Tuesday, September 9 - 11

    • Begins at sundown (dinner) on Wednesday
    • Ends at nightfall (dinner) on Friday
    • Look for apples and honey in the dining rooms!

    Family and Friends Weekend

    Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30

    • SPECIAL GUEST PRICE all weekend: Adult/Child $7.00 per person, tax included
    • Saturday Brunch: We will be serving a special Family and Friends Brunch available at Holmes Dining Hall & Tobey-Kendel Dining Room @ 11am - 1pm
  • October 2018

    World Vegetarian Day

    Monday, October 1

    • Special vegetarian (and some vegan) items will be served during lunch and dinner in Holmes Dining Hall & Tobey-Kendel Dining Room
    • October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. Try having a meatless meal every now and then -- you could find a new favorite recipe!!

    Homecoming Week

    Monday, October 1 - Friday, October 5

    • We're serving special treats in the dining rooms all week!!

    Homecoming Weekend

    Friday, October 5 - Sunday, October 7

    • SPECIAL GUEST PRICE all weekend: Adult/Child $7.00 per person, tax included
    • Saturday Brunch: We will be serving a special Homecoming Prime Rib Brunch available at Holmes Dining Hall & Tobey-Kendel Dining Room @ 11am - 1pm

    Halloween

    Wednesday, October 31

    • Look for spooky treats in the dining rooms!
  • November 2018

    Daylight Savings Time Ends

    Sunday, November 5 @ 2:00am

    • Don't forget to “Fall Back”

    Veterans Day

    Sunday, November 11

    • Look for special treats in the dining rooms!

    Thanksgiving Brunch

    Sunday, November 19

    • Holmes Dining Hall & Tobey-Kendel Dining Room @ 11am - 1pm

    Thanksgiving Break

    Tuesday - Sunday, November 21 - 26

    • Dining Rooms
        • Holmes, TK, the UC Food Court, and Bears Bistro will close after Lunch on Tuesday
        • Holmes and TK will re-open for Dinner on Sunday.
        • The UC Food Court and Bears Bistro will re-open for normal hours on Monday.
        • See the schedule here.
    • Retail Dining
        • All Retail Dining locations will be closed Thursday - Saturday
        • Please see the schedule for details on exactly which operations will be open during the rest of Thanksgiving Break.

    Holiday Dinner

    Wednesday, November 29

    • Holmes Dining Hall @ 4:30pm - 7pm
    • Tobey-Kendel Dining Room @ 5pm - 7pm
  • December 2018

    Study Breaks

    Monday - Thursday, December 3 - 6

    • Holmes Dining Hall & Tobey-Kendel Dining Room @ 9:00pm - 10:00pm

    Last Meal - Fall 2018

    Friday, December 7

    • All Dining Rooms will close after lunch on Friday.
    • All Retail Dining locations will close at their normal times on Friday.
    • All Dining Rooms and Retail Dining locations will be closed over Winter Break.
    • Please see the Winter Break hours here.
  • January 2019

    Spring Opening Weekend

    Saturday and Sunday, January 5 - 6

    • Meal plans will be active for Brunch on Saturday at Holmes Dining Hall and Tobey-Kendel Dining Room
    • Dining Dollars will be active starting Friday morning

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Monday, January 21

    • UNC will be closed for the MLK Day holiday... but the dining rooms are still open!!
    • Dining Rooms
        • Holmes and TK will be serving Brunch and Dinner (instead of Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
        • The UC Food Court, Bears Bistro, and both Gourmet To Go locations will be closed.
    • Retail Dining
        • Subway will be open 10:30am-4pm, and Munchy Mart will be open 8am-8pm.
        • All other Retail Dining locations will be closed.
    • Dining Services Office
        • The Dining Services main office will also be closed on Monday, so please give us an extra day to make changes to any meal plans submitted online after 4pm on Friday.
    • Normal hours resume on Tuesday for dining rooms and Retail Dining locations.
  • February 2019

    Call Dibs Special Dinner

    Date: TBA (usually the first Wednesday in February)

    • Join us in celebrating the beginning of the Call Dibs campaign where you will be able to sign up for your current room in your residence hall, pick a new room, or apply for one of the apartments!
    • Holmes Dining Hall @ 4:30pm - 7pm
    • Tobey-Kendel Dining Room @ 5pm - 7pm

    Valentine's Day

    Thursday, February 14

    • Check out the special treats!

    President's Day

    Monday, February 18

    • Check out the special treats!
  • March 2019

    March is National Nutrition Month

    • Look for our healthy and nutritious options!

    Ash Wednesday

    Thursday, March 6

    • Fish will be available every Friday until Easter!

    Lent

    Wednesday - Thursday, March 6 - April 18

    • Fish will be available every Friday until Easter!

    Spring Break - have a safe and happy break!

    Friday - Sunday, March 8 - 17

    • Holmes, TK, the UC Food Court, and Bears Bistro will close after Lunch on Friday.
    • Holmes and TK will re-open for Dinner on Sunday.
    • The UC Food Court and Bears Bistro will re-open for normal hours on Monday.
    • Please see the Spring Break 2019 hours.

    Daylight Saving Time

    Sunday, March 10 @ 2:00 a.m.

    • Don't forget to “Spring Forward” Saturday night!
  • April 2019

    Customer Appreciation Week

    Monday - Friday, April 8 - 12

    • Tobey-Kendel Dining Room, Holmes Dining Hall, and the UC Food Court will all have special treats all week long!

    Passover

    Sundown on Friday - Saturday, April 19 - 27

    • Passover items will be served in the dining rooms.

    Easter

    Sunday, April 21

    • Sunday Brunch: special menu at Holmes and Tobey-Kendel

    Earth Week

    Monday - Friday, April 22 - 26

    • All locations will be having "Earth Day" activities throughout the week!
    • Earth Day is Monday, April 22nd!

    Study Breaks

    Monday -Thursday, April 29 - May 2

    • Join us for complimentary study breaks during finals week!
    • Tobey-Kendel Dining Room and Holmes Dining Hall
    • 9:00pm - 10:00pm
  •  May 2019

    Study Breaks

    Monday -Thursday, April 29 - May 2

    • Join us for complimentary study breaks during finals week!
    • Tobey-Kendel Dining Room and Holmes Dining Hall
    • 9:00pm - 10:00pm

    Last Meal - Spring 2019

    Friday, May 3

    • All Dining Rooms will close after lunch on Friday.
    • All Retail Dining locations will close for normal hours on Friday.