Thanksgiving Dinner tradition provides a sense of community

By: Therese Porod


Students and community members gather around the buffet tables to get their Thanksgiving turkey. Photo by Paige McLaughlin


With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner, Benedictine University hosted its annual celebration of the Thanksgiving dinner last Thursday.

Krasa’s Thanksgiving dinner has been taking place for over 20 years and is one of the most popular dinners and well-known traditions at Benedictine University.

“It’s always one of the best meals of the year where the Benedictine community can have a nice meal and come together,” said sophomore Alice Tindall.

The preparation for one of the most anticipated nights of the year started early in the morning on Thursday and ended in the early hours of Friday morning.

“The first person lined-up at 3:50 p.m. and by 4:30 p.m., there were about 100 people in line,” states Jane Forrest, from Food Services.

This year was the biggest turnout in the history of the dinner. Out of the 900 guests, there were at least 50 alumni and 250 commuter students. The volunteers who contributed to the success of the Thanksgiving dinner were the faculty and staff, 15 masters of business administration (MBA) students and the Student Senate.

Forrest says the event is an important part of the BenU tradition. “A lot of the alumni come back for it. It gives just a sense of community, everyone looks forward to it,” she says.

With an intimate setting of candles on tables, dim lighting and extravagant decorations around the buffet, the night was mad e more special and enjoyable.

“I loved it like always,” said senior Stefanie Hughes.

Salad, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing, ham, turkey, Halal turkey, apple pie and pumpkin pie were all part of the delicious cuisine served on this special night. The main cuisine dishes do not change, however within the last four years, Halal turkey was added to the menu and the salads change once in a while.

“Thanksgiving Dinner was a great time to spend with my school family,” said sophomore Maggie Sumara.

If you missed the Thanksgiving dinner, the Christmas dinner is scheduled to be held on Dec. 8.