Photography: James Holloway
WVU Tech’s Dining Services hosted a “Fat Tuesday – Top Chefs of Tech” dinner on Tuesday, February 16th, at the Bears Den dining hall on the Tech campus. This fun event provided students a “taste” of the Louisiana holiday with authentic Cajun food and entertainment.
The event also provided another opportunity for the “Top Chefs of Tech” (WVU Tech’s executive staff) to don chef’s jackets, do some cookin’, and interact with students.
The featured menu included items typically found on menus in the French Quarter. The Top Chef’s of Tech prepared and dished-up such Louisianan favorites as red beans ‘n’ rice, Cajun-style catfish, jambalaya, oven fried chicken, cornbread, dirty rice and king cake! Bartenders were also on hand to mix traditional “mock Hurricanes.”
The dining hall was decorated with a Bourbon Street backdrop, flowers, street lights, and balloons. Display cooking stations were staffed by Deans and Directors dressed in chef coats, beads and Mardi Gras headwear.
Students and other campus guests were given Mardi Gras beads and had the opportunity to win prizes. One lucky student who found the “baby” in the “KING CAKE” won the grand prize—an iPod Nano.
More than 300 students participated in the celebration. Students and staff alike gave the event great praise for the high-energy and campus-buzz generated by “Fat-Tuesday.” Laissez le bon temps rouler!