Alumni dish on caf favorites
On May 7, the office of alumni and parent relations will present a mouth-watering, once-in-a-lifetime event. Party at the Caf will give the college community one last chance to relive the caf experience before the Sensenbrenner Memorial Union undergoes a full-scale renovation to become Michels Commons.
Party at the Caf will feature music, memories and a backstage tour of the caf, plus a menu comprised of the top four caf favorites as selected by the college community.
To date, more than 100 nostalgic diners have submitted their favorite food items. Currently, the top 10 caf favorites are (drum roll, please):
Chris Betcher (Alumni) says tallying votes has been a lot of fun, especially when voters explain their selections. “One thing we know in the alumni office is alumni love to share their stories of when they were at SNC, and I love being a part of that.”
- Cookie dough
- Chicken strips
- Cheesy broccoli rice casserole
- Popcorn chicken Caesar salad
- Macaroni and cheese
- Omelet bar
- Chef Dan’s chili
- Lemon chicken
- Ice-cream bar
- Brat day
A few of those stories might sound familiar:
Kelly Biese ’01 says: “I don’t know if it qualifies, but I always made sure I got my frozen cookie dough before I sat down! That was the best!!”
Collin Jeanquart ’06 says: “I met my wife at the caf while eating delicious chicken strips. What could be better!?”
Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole
Janet O’Connor ’89 says she favored cheesy broccoli rice casserole “with cookie dough to cleanse the palate.” She adds, “JR ... he made it fun!” (J.R. was head chef back in the day.)
Macaroni and Cheese
On mac and cheese days, Kim Boone ’10 recalls always taking a whole plateful and adds, “Pizza Hut days were always fabulous as well!”
If these recollections have inspired you, there’s good news: You can still submit your caf favorite online.
As if one last trip to the caf isn’t reason enough to return to campus, Party at the Caf shares May 7 with alumni favorite A Day at St. Norbert, formerly Alumni College. During this event, alumni can experience all the intellectual stimulation of college with none of the stress, attending lectures on 12 topics offered during three 75-minute sessions. Subject matter ranges from Photoshop to Fullness of Life.
The event also features a luncheon with entertainment by Knights on Broadway and a keynote address by University of St. Thomas professor Carol Bruess ’90. Bruess will be highlighting her research on how happy couples communicate and what we can learn from them.
For more information on either of these events, visit the office of alumni and parent relations’ website or contact the office at (920) 403-3022.