Virginia Tech's Chocolate Day Delivers Delicious TreatsBy Ashleigh Lanza
September 30, 2010
Sept. 22, was Chocolate Day at Dietrick Dining Hall. The crowds piled in for the breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, which included a variety of chocolate choices to pick from in conjunction with the usual meals offered.
D2's operating hours were normal all day Wednesday and students were billed the same amount like usual. However, some of the food offered was anything but standard.
As students, staff and members of the Virginia Tech community entered D2 for their routine all-you-can-eat stop, they were pleasantly surprised. Instead of plain pancakes and waffles, chocolate chips were added to the mix. After filling a plate with a range of chocolate galore, students had the special option to pick up chocolate coffee, which became a popular beverage.
Last year, there were around 1,200 people who enjoyed the chocolate breakfast at D2, which is double that of the normal business day. Operations manager Lance Mailem, expected the same amount of people to attend this year. Chocolate day made D2 popular for breakfast, but the flow of students decreased when it came time for lunch.
Freshmen Brianna Addison and Nicole Madden did not find this experience to be as pleasing as the advertisements and hype built the day up to be. They excitedly went to D2 for lunch after hearing about Chocolate Day, only to be disappointed by the lack of variety. They walked around from shop to shop, looking for chocolate treats, only to find chocolate cookies and waffles. "I was expecting to see chocolate everywhere, but there wasn't much during the lunch shift," said Madden.
Dinner, however, was a mocha success, with chocolate creations ranging from chocolate quesadillas to a chocolate fondue with angel food cake; from fruit with chocolate to chocolate chicken. Students waited in tremendous lines for molten cakes, tuxedo chocolate mousse and the chocolate sundae bar.
When asked how the chocolate feast was for dinner, freshman Chris Buehler had one word, well acronym, TMC. which stood for "Too much chocolate."
Our sweet tooth's might have been a little too spoiled on Chocolate Day, but it's a treat that Virginia Tech dining services only prepares once a year. "The Chocolate Day tradition started about three to four years ago. We were coming out with different themes throughout the year. We have one major meeting in the spring and someone had national chocolate day on their calendar," said Mailem.
D2 was predicted to serve at least 2,000 meals on Chocolate Day, which is what dining halls shoot for when serving their specialty meals. This is an increase from the average of serving about 1,500 to 2,000 meals during an average dinner. When commenting on the popularity, Mailem agreed. "You can't go wrong with chocolate."