By Erin Matheson '18
On Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 the annual Valentine’s Day Candlelight Dinner was served in the Hampton Dining Room. The dinner, a cause for celebration of love in all its forms, gave Scripps students the opportunity to dress up with their friends and loved ones and enjoy a dinner that was a little bit more upscale than that to which they were accustomed. Students began arriving at 5:45 in semi-formal attire, filing into a room adorned with rose bushes and Valentine’s Day decorations. Over 100 students were in attendance, and as they sat down, the air hung heavy with the delicious scents of the fantastic meal that had been prepared for them.
The menu included three courses, provided by a catering company to the Scripps students. Each course added a different element of taste to the evening, first with a strawberry and pine nut salad served to whet everyone’s appetites. Students who were used to navigating piles of watermelon, pineapple and cantaloupe at every meal were incredibly appreciative of the fresh berries for a change of pace.
The main course was chicken marsala with mushrooms, spaghetti squash, rice pilaf and broccoli served family style. Dessert was a decadent and rich chocolate cake.
“The dinner was so good. This is probably one of the highlights of my week,” Alex Cheng, Scripps Class of 2018, said. Her sentiments were repeated by many of her peers over the course of the evening, all agreeing that the meal was excellent in both food and atmosphere.
During lulls in table conversation, there were multiple announcements reminding students to attend the LASPA candidate open forums directly after dinner.
The dinner was a lovely celebration of Valentine’s Day filled with peers, students and friends sharing a tasty meal in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.