The College of Liberal Arts Student Board held its traditional Food for Thought Banquet at the Loring Pasta Bar this past Tuesday, December 1st. This is the first time in the last two years that the external committee decided to organize the event at a more formal, sit-down restaurant and the results were extraordinary...
The change of venue sparked the interest of many students and the event filled up within three days of the initial invitation. We hit our maximum reservation limit of 60 and had a waiting list with over 20 more students and professors wishing to dine that evening. The Student Board will likely be looking to reach another agreement with Loring Pasta Bar in the near future due to the popularity of the location.
Some of you may be wondering what exactly is a 'Food for Thought Event.' Basically, the Student Board hosts two of these gatherings every semester where students are able to invite their professors to dinner and the Student Board will pick up the tab! It is a great way to get to know your professor in a more casual, one on one environment. After listening to feedback from several professors and students we have learned that professors tend to be very interested in the event which provides a medium in which they are able to interact and listen to the comments of their students.
The first Food for Thought Banquet for this fall semester was held at Noodles and Company. During the event I overheard a professor talking about how the Student Board used to host this event at the Loring Pasta Bar a long time ago. The Loring Pasta Bar basically provides a very unique, European style dining atmosphere and is one of the main highlights in the Dinkytown area. This attractive environment seemed very conducive for professors and students engaging in lively dialogue; so I decided to contact Loring Management to see if a deal could be worked out. They were very interested in the event and were willing to work with us to come up with an affordable plan allowing a significant number of attendees.
The event was a success and several students and professors expressed their pleasure with the choice in venue. This was very encouraging and we are hoping this interest in the event will continue for future semesters whether it is hosted at Loring Pasta Bar or another location. So keep an eye out for our Food for Thought email invitations this upcoming spring semester!