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Special Events

At Dining Services, we believe an exceptional dining experience goes further than the food we serve. Whenever possible, we try to offer learning opportunities, community-building events, and new culinary experiences for our guests.

Each semester, we present several special events in our dining centers. They can be customer appreciation nights like Shiki, an exploration of Japanese cuisine, or Curate, a night of mystery theater and fine dining. We also regularly offer our Chef Series, where our culinary staff serves and teaches guests about their favorite dishes. We also run several annual celebrations such as our week-long Chili Challenge or Thanksgiving dinner in D2, our all-you-care-to-eat dining center at Dietrick Hall.

For the latest updates on special events, follow Dining Services on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Links to our social media platforms are available online at dining.vt.edu.

Fall 2021 Special Event Calendar

Friday, August 27

  • National Pots de Creme Day
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
    • D2 Door Price
Graphic with National Pots De Creme Day written over an illustration of the dish
National Pots de Creme Day, 2021
Photo of a smiling student standing behind a table with fresh peppers and other vegetables
Homefield Farm Farm Stand, 2019

Tuesday, September 7

  • Taco Tuesday
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 5:00 - 7:00 PM
    • $4.98 flex, $14.95 full price

Sunday, September 12 - Saturday, September 18

  • National Chocolate Milkshake Week
    • Burger '37 at Squires Food Court
    • All Day
    • Special chocolate themed milkshakes available daily, for $6.25 each

Monday, September 13 - Friday, September 17

  • Mushroom Week
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Try out the  Bella Burger, 50% Mushroom Blend and 50% Beef during lunch at D2! 
    • $4.42 flex, $13.25 full price

Wednesday, September 15

  • Chef Series: Owens Hall's Chef James Zeisler
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 5:00 - 7:00 PM
    • $4.98 flex, $14.95 full price

Friday, September 17

  • International Cafe Hour: Egypt
    • In partnership with Cranwell International Center
    • Deet's Place at Dietrick Hall
    • 4:00 to 6:00 PM
    • Free to all dining plan holders

Wednesday, September 22

  • Our Table: Food Allergies
    • New Hall West Training Room
    • 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Monday, September 27

  • National Chocolate Milk Day
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • All Day
    • D2 Door Price

Tuesday, September 28

  • Sustainable Eats Bike Tour
    • Starts at McComas Hall, ends at Turner Place at Lavery Hall
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Free to all dining plan holders, limited to 13 participants - sign up in advance
  • Homefield Farm Farm Stand
    • In partnership with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Turner Place Patio at Lavery Hall
    • 2:00 to 5:30 PM
    • Accepting Hokie Passport and credit/debit cards
Graphic with blue background, an illustration of two tacos, and the words Taco Tuesday in bubble letters
Taco Tuesday, 2021
Two students shopping for produce at the farm stand
Homefield Farm Farm Stand, 2019
Photo of the Bella Burger with text depicting the event dates
Mushroom Week, 2021
A photo of five tacos in separate containers on a table
Taco Tuesday, 2019
A photo of a large group of students with chocolate milk in D2
Chocolate Milk Day, 2019
An illustration of Chef James on a teal background
Chef Series, 2020
A photo of bike tour participants
Sustainable Eats Bike Tour, 2020

Friday, October 1

  • Plant Forward Friday
    • West End Market at Cochrane Hall
    • 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Asian Rice Bowl at Leaf & Ladle
    • $8.40+

Monday, October 4 - Friday, October 8

  • Chili Challenge
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • $4.42 flex, $13.25 full price

Tuesday, October 5

  • Get Out the Vote: The Grillfield Food Truck
    • In partnership with VT Engage
    • Parked outside of War Memorial Gym
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Prices a la carte

Wednesday, October 6

  • National Noodle Day
    • Turner Place at Lavery Hall
    • All Day
    • Prices a la carte

Thursday, October 7

  • The Grillfield: Taco Takeover
    • Parked between between West End Market and Dietrick Hall
    • 8:00 - 11:00 PM
    • Prices a la carte

Friday, October 8

  • International Cafe Hour: Vietnam
    • In partnership with Cranwell International Center
    • Deet's Place at Dietrick Hall
    • 4:00 to 6:00 PM
    • Free to all dining plan holders

Friday, October 15

  • National Shawarma Day
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
    • D2 door price
  • Oktoberfest
    • Soup Garden at Turner Place at Lavery Hall
    • 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Prices a la carte
  • Plant Forward Friday
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Cauliflower "chicken" and waffles
    • D2 door price

Tuesday, October 19 - Wednesday, October 20

  • Table Talk: Hybrid
    • All Units and Online
    • All Day
    • Participate to be entered to win prizes!

Thursday, October 21

  • International Day of the Nacho
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 5:00 - 7:00 PM
    • $4.98 flex, $14.95 full price

Monday, October 25 - Friday, October 29

  • Mangia! Pizza Week
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • Lunch and Dinner
    • D2 door price

Thursday, October 28

  • Our Table: Vegan and Vegetarian
    • New Hall West Training Room
    • 11 AM - 12 PM
  • Oyster Day
    • West End Market
    • 12:00 PM - while supplies last
    • Price to be determined

Friday, October 29

  • Chicken Slider Pop-Up Shop
    • Atomic Pizzeria at Turner Place at Lavery Hall
    • 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Prices a la carte
  • The Halls Have Eyes: Halloween Event
    • Owens Food Court at Owens Hall
    • Lunch and Dinner
    • Prices a la carte
  • Plant Forward Friday
    • Burger '37 at Squires Food Court
    • 5:00 - 7:00 PM
    • Plant based milkshake
    • $6.25
A photo of the edamame rice bowl at West End Market
Plant Forward, 2018
A student showing off an empty bowl of chili
Chili Challenge, 2020
A bowl of shrimp ramen noodle salad on a bamboo board with a colorful background
National Noodle Day, 2021

Monday, November 1 - Friday, November 5

  • Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Week
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • All Day
    • Included with D2 door price

Tuesday, November 2

  • Election Day Sundaes
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • Time to be determined
    • Price to be determined

Friday, November 5

  • International Cafe Hour: MENA
    • In partnership with Cranwell International Center
    • Deet's Place at Dietrick Hall
    • 4:00 to 6:00 PM
    • Free to all dining plan holders

Monday, November 8

  • National Greek Yogurt Day
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • All Day
    • Included with D2 door price

Monday, November 8 - Friday, November 12

  • Thanksgiving Fry Week
    • Burger '37 at Squires Food Court
    • All day
    • Poutine price to be determined, Pecan Pie Milkshake $6.25
  • Plant Forward Friday
    • Turner Place at Lavery Hall
    • 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Cannellini Bean Salad from Grab & Gobble
    • Prices a la carte

Friday, November 12

  • Pop-Up Shop
    • Atomic Pizzeria at Turner Place at Lavery Hall
    • Time to be determined
    • Prices a la carte

Tuesday, November 16 - Wednesday, November 17

  • Thanksgiving Feasts
    • Owens Food Court, Turner Place, West End Market, and D2
    • Time and prices vary per location, more information coming soon!

Tuesday, November 16

  • National Fast Food Day
    • DXpress at Dietrick Hall
    • Time to be determined
    • Price to be determined

Thursday, December 2

  • Gingerbread Houses
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 5:00 - 7:00 PM
    • $4.98 flex, $14.95 full price

Friday, December 3

  • Pop-Up Shop
    • Atomic Pizzeria at Turner Place at Lavery Hall
    • Time to be determined
    • Prices a la carte
  • Plant Forward Friday
    • Owens Food Court at Owens Hall
    • 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Plant-based Patty Melt
    • Price to be determined

Tuesday, December 7

  • Holiday Meal
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 5:00 - 7:00 PM
    • $4.98 flex, $14.95 full price

Thursday, December 9

  • Breakfast All Day
    • Owens Food Court at Owens Hall
    • All day
    • Prices a la carte

Monday, December 13

  • Brain Freeze
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 9:00 - 11:00 PM
    • Free to all dining plan holders

Friday, January 29

  • International Cafe Hour: Caribbean
    • In partnership with Cranwell International Center and Caribso - Caribbean Students Association
    • Deet's Place at Dietrick Hall
    • 4:00 to 6:00 pm
    • Free to all dining plan holders

Sunday, February 7

  • Football Brunch
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
    • Door Price

Thursday, February 11

  • Chef Series: Chef Mark Bratton
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    • Door Price

Friday, February 12

  • Lunar New Year
    • Owens Food Court at Owens Hall
    • 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
    • Pricing TBD

Tuesday, February 16

  • Mardi Gras
    • West End Market at Cochrane Hall
    • All Day
    • Menu Items à la carte

Friday, February 26

  • International Cafe Hour: Japan
    • In partnership with Cranwell International Center and JCA - Japanese Cultural Association 
    • Deet's Place at Dietrick Hall
    • 4:00 to 6:00 pm
    • Free to all dining plan holders

Tuesday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 10

  • Table Talk: Virtual
    • Takes place online
    • All Day

Wednesday, March 17

  • St. Patrick's Day
    • West End Market at Cochrane Hall
    • All Day
    • Menu Items à la carte

Friday, March 19

  • International Cafe Hour: India
    • In partnership with Cranwell International Center and Indian Students Association 
    • Deet's Place at Dietrick Hall
    • 4:00 to 6:00 pm
    • Free to all dining plan holders

Tuesday, March 23

  • Shell Yeah! Customer Appreciation Dinner
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    • $18.15 full price, $6.05 flex

Tuesday, March 23 - Friday, March 26

  • Owens Battle of the Court
    • Owens Hall
    • 10:30 am to 9:00 pm
    • Price TBD

Monday, March 29 - Wednesday, March 31 

  • National Nutrition Month
    • All units
    • All day

Friday, April 2

  • International Cafe Hour: Yerba Mate Countries (Paraguay, Bolivia, Southern Chili, Argentina, Uruguay)
    • In partnership with Cranwell International Center 
    • Deet's Place at Dietrick Hall
    • 4:00 to 6:00 pm
    • Free to all dining plan holders
  • PB&J Day
    • West End Market, Turner Place, Owens Food Court, and Dietrick Dining Center
    • All Day

Monday, April 12 - Friday, April 16

  • Poutine Week
    • Burger '37 at Squires Food Court
    • All Day

Thursday, April 22

  • Deli Burgers Chef Series: Chef Randall Van Dyke
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    • Door Pricing

Monday, April 19 - Friday, April 23

  • Earth Week
    • Monday: Plant Forward
      • Turner Place at Lavery Hall
      • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • Tuesday: Water Conservation
      • Owens Food Court at Owens Hall
      • All Day
    • Wednesday: Waste Reduction
      • Squires Food Court
      • All Day
    • Thursday: Choose to Reuse 
      • West End Market
      • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • Friday: Local and Sustainable Foods
      • Deet's Place at Dietrick Hall
      • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Thursday, April 29

  • Cuban Chef Series: Chef Scott Surratt
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    • Door Pricing

Monday, May 3 - Friday, May 7

  • Flex Out Hunger
    • Hokie Grill, Owens Food Court, West End Market, Squires Food Court, and Turner Place 
    • Online
    • Donate extra money from your Dining Plans to the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program and the Dean of Students Office Food Emergency Fund. 

Thursday, May 6

  • Breakfast All Day
    • Owens Food Court at Owens Hall
    • 10:30 am to 9:00 pm
    • Price TBD

Monday, May 10

  • Brain Freeze II
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • Time TBD
    • Free to all dining plan holders
Light beige background with Deet's Place logo and text reading International Cafe Hour in Partnership with Cranwell International Center
International Cafe Hour
Students creating chocolate covered strawberries standing at a table with lots of ingredients
Chef Series, February 2020
Two students sitting at a booth checking in three students to the event
International Cafe Hour, 2017
A student standing in a dining center, holding a bowl of noodles towards the camera
Customer Appreciation Dinner, 2019
A person sitting at a booth demonstrating information while a student fills out a form
National Nutrition Month, 2019
Image of a cake with peanut butter and chocolate decoration
Peanut Butter Day, 2018
Photo of cooked pizzas on a serving line, most are full but some have slices removed
Earth Week at Turner Place, 2018

Tuesday, September 15

  • Taco Tuesday
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    • $4.90 flex

Friday, September 18

  • International Cafe Hour: China
    • In partnership with Cranwell International Center
    • Deet's Place at Dietrick Hall
    • 4:00 to 5:30 pm
    • Free to all dining plan holders

Tuesday, September 22

  • Sustainable Eats Bike Tour
    • In partnership with Virginia Tech Alternative Transportation Center and Roam Bikes
    • Dietrick Hall to Turner Place at Lavery Hall
    • 12:00 to 2:30 p.m.
    • Free to all dining plan holders
  • Homefield Farm Farm Stand
    • In partnership with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Turner Place Patio at Lavery Hall
    • 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    • Accepting Hokie Passport and credit/debit cards

Saturday, September 26

  • Pancake Day
    • West End Market at Cochrane Hall
    • 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
    • $5.40 flex

Tuesday, September 29

  • Dumpling Day presented by Chef James Zeisler
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
    • $4.90 flex

Monday, October 5 - Friday, October 9

  • Chili Challenge
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Daily
    • Chili Challenge + Lunch at D2: $4.25 flex/$12.75 credit/debit, Dining Dollars, Hokie Passport
    • Chili Challenge Only: $1.50 flex/$3.00 credit/debit, Dining Dollars, Hokie Passport
    • Prices are per day

Friday, October 16

  • International Cafe Hour: Israel
    • In partnership with Cranwell International Center
    • Deet's Place at Dietrick Hall
    • 4:00 to 5:30 pm
    • Free to all dining plan holders

Thursday, October 22

  • Oyster Day
    • West End Market at Cochrane Hall
    • All Day
    • 3 Oysters for $5.50 flex

Friday, October 23

  • Locally Sourced presented by Chef Mark Moritz
    • D2 at Dietrick Hall
    • 5:00 to 7:00 pm
    • $4.90 flex

Tuesday, October 27

  • Table Talk: Virtual Edition
    • All Units/Online
    • All Day
    • We want to hear your feedback!
  • Homefield Farm Farm Stand
    • In partnership with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Turner Place Patio at Lavery Hall
    • 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    • Accepting Hokie Passport and credit/debit cards

Friday, November 6

  • International Cafe Hour: Iran
    • In partnership with Cranwell International Center
    • Deet's Place at Dietrick Hall
    • 4:00 to 5:30 pm
    • Free to all dining plan holders

Tuesday, November 17

  • Thanksgiving Meals
    • Thanksgiving Feast: D2 at Dietrick Hall
      • 4:30 - 7:30 PM
      • $4.90 flex or $14.70 full price
    • Thanksgiving Meal: Owens Food Court
      • 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
      • Dish, Ciotola, and Farms
  • Homefield Farm Farm Stand
    • In partnership with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Turner Place Patio at Lavery Hall
    • 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    • Accepting Hokie Passport and credit/debit cards

Wednesday, November 18

  • Thanksgiving Meals
    • West End Market
      • 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
      • JP's Chophouse, Blend, and Leaf & Ladle.
      • Order ahead on Grubhub!

Thursday, November 19

  • Thanksgiving Meals
    • Turner Place at Lavery Hall
      • 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
      • 1872 Fire Grill
      • $6.47 flex or $12.95 full price
Photo of tacos in paper baskets on a table
Tacos from Taco Tuesday, 2019
Photo of Bike Tour participants with their bicycles
Sustainable Eats Bike Tour, 2020
Alex Hessler in front of the farm stand, speaking to group about Homefield Farm
Homefield Farm Farm Stand, 2020
Photo of four students eating chili at the 2019 Chili Challenge
Chili Challenge, 2019
Photo of a smiling Chef Moritz wiping down a flat top grill
Chef Mark Moritz during a Chef Series event, 2019
Photo of a student worker at the Homefield Farm Farm Stand in 2019
Homefield Farm Farm Stand, 2019
Photo of a student pouring tea during International Cafe Hour
International Cafe Hour: China, 2017
A photo of traditional Thanksgiving style foods on a serving line at D2
D2 Thanksgiving Meal, 2018