Nutrition In yoU: Behind the scenes of the Super Solider Special Dinner

It’s March, which means it is Special Dinner time! Every Fall and Spring semester, the dietetic interns put on a themed dinner within the dining halls. Being a dietetic intern, myself, I am part of the Neptune dining hall festivities of a Captain America themed dinner. As much fun as it has been, it’s an exhausting experience. A lot of time and hard work goes into planning this dinner. With that being said, we found some time to capture the behind the scenes fun.

Thanks to dietetic intern, Nicole, and her connections to restaurants within the Naperville area, we were able to receive over ninety wine bottles for our centerpieces.  Nicole, Isabelle, and I spent multiple, long hours painting each and every one of these wine bottles. Aside from wine bottles, we have cut out a tremendous amount of stars, Captain America shields, and paper chains to help decorate the event. With this experience, I have learned that I probably should stick to my dreams of being a Registered Dietitian, rather than an artist.


Of course, it is not a dinner without yummy food. Part of the process of planning this event, is using the theme to incorporate foods that the students may have not tried before. Yet, with new recipes, it’s important to test them out to see how they rate in taste, quality, and appearance. Above are pictures of our test recipes that include: coleslaw, potato pizza, and eggplant casserole. We tested the recipes out within Writz Hall and the Neptune Dining hall and received high remarks on all three categories.

Overall, there is a lot of work that goes into planning a four hour dinner event. With over three months of planning, we are ready to reveal are creations and recipes to the masses!

Please join us March 20, 4 pm – 8 pm at Neptune Dinning Hall for our Super Solider Special Dinner. Enjoy yummy foods, fun activities, and cool prizes (Blackhawks tickets, cookie cakes, etc). The event is free to all those who have a meal plan.

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