Bon Appetit teaches us many important lessons. The value of eating local, organic food, supporting sustainable agriculture, and, most importantly, gorging yourself at least once a week.

No, one Thanksgiving a year absolutely does NOT suffice for us. It’s essential that seven days before we pig out with our biological families, we pig out with our Wesleyan families.

This year’s Usdan Thanksgiving was a wonderful celebration, complete with vegan, kosher, and classic varieties of all our favorite holiday specialties. Turkey, green beans, candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, corn bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy all graced the menu, with pumpkin whoopee pies, apple crumb bars, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and ice cream being doled out by some of our fave faculty members. (Props to Dean Garret for his superb performance as server at the classics station).

There was also an ENORMOUS bread station, with what looked like thousands of varieties, including a whole loaf in the shape of a turtle, that no one seemed to be eating. We don’t really blame them.

Overall we were impressed with the food quality. Thanksgiving is one of the most popular Usdan events of the year, and they did not skimp on quality. Favorites included the awesome candied sweet potatoes, and truly delicious corn bread stuffing. The pies, which were baked right across the river in Portland, weren’t too bad either!

Happy Usdan Thanksgiving, Wes! This was a wonderful beginning of the holiday season. And the best part? The party has just begun.

-Ari & Alex