Thanksgiving at New College — that's just gravy!
Trying to figure out where to go for Thanksgiving? Well never fear — New College is here. Students will take off Nov. 25 and 26 for the fall holiday, with many returning to their families and homes. But why not spend some quality time with the New College family? Students who choose to stay can still participate in the holiday spirit in a (somewhat) traditional Thanksgiving feast hosted by third-year and Goldstein Resident Advisor Delaney Anderson.
“Not many people want to be alone on Thanksgiving,” Anderson said. “It’s nice to come together and have some kind of sense of community and good food, hopefully.”
The supper will be a potluck-style dinner in which students can bring their favorite dishes to the table. Anderson plans to supply the “essentials,” namely a turkey, vegan mashed potatoes, veggies, biscuits and a few other tidbits.
“I’m trying to get some recipes together,” she said. “Someone said that they would make a tofurkey, but I don’t really know how that’s gonna work out, so [I’m] still looking at how to do that.”
Anderson hoped to get plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes and encouraged students well-versed in vegan cuisine to put forth their own recipes to add to the ensemble of foods.
“No one’s recommended to make any dishes yet,” she said. “But we are trying to make sure that there is food for vegan eaters and a turkey and hopefully a tofurkey — that would be nice.”
Many people have yet to RSVP and although the event is still in its preliminary stage Anderson says she’s fairly certain of the details.
“I think we’re gonna have it in Z kitchen — that’s where it was last year,” she explained. “It was a lot of space which is good and it’s a nice kitchen … How it’s been done in the past is you cook from 11 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Four is when the actual dinner will be and that’s when everyone who doesn’t want to help cook can come in and eat as well.”
Anderson welcomes virtually anyone to the dinner whether it be to cook or eat, but wishes that above anything else, people enjoy themselves.
“If anyone wants to come or wants to help cook we’re really open to that — just contact me,” she said. “But I don’t want people to feel like they have to cook to be able to come to the dinner either.”
The Thanksgiving celebration will be an intimate event only a college as small and personal as New College can pull off.
“It’s really laid back, it’s not anything fancy … but it’ll be nice to get to spend time together and everything. I’ll take a picture of the turkey — that’s what I’m most worried about,” Anderson said with a laugh.