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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.

Spring 2021 Special Event Calendar

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
Light beige background with Deet's Place logo and text reading International Cafe Hour in Partnership with Cranwell International Center
International Cafe Hour

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
Students grabbing food and orange juice from a serving line
Breakfast All Day, 2018
Photo of a staff member handing a paper basket of food out of the food truck window
Grillfield Food Truck, 2020

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