As the end of the semester approaches, students find themselves engulfed in a whirlwind of emotions — relief, exhaustion and excitement. Amidst all of the chaos of exams, SBU Eats is there to give students unforgettable moments that make their time at Stony Brook University special.
Each year, students look forward to the annual Midnight Breakfast event. On December 11 from 10 pm to 12 am, East Side Dining will be decorated with a winter camping theme that includes a signature mocktail beverage, a one-of-a-kind experience with indoor axe throwing, lumberjack crafts and a complimentary breakfast buffet. Faculty and staff volunteer to serve students and wish them good luck on their final exams.
Beginning on December 12, Finals Food Fest brings students together with fun foods and activities. Each day dine-in offers something new such as cookie decorating, seasonal flavored coffees, a hot cocoa bar with specialty toppings, gingerbread house decorating, a popcorn bar and more. Late-night dining includes favorites such as a taco bar, wing bar and burger sliders. Coffee lovers can purchase $1 drip coffee at Peet’s, the Emporium Market at East Side and Market at West Side. Students can compete in the Smoothie Bike Rally as they pedal their way to great prizes! Additional details are available on the SBU Eats website.
Through a collaborative effort between the Faculty Student Association (FSA) and CulinArt, the SBU Eats program ends the semester with memorable magical moments filled with delicious foods and special events. “We want to foster a sense of community and celebration with activities that resonate with students and contribute to a positive and memorable experience throughout campus,” stated Diana Kubik, executive director, Faculty Student Association.
The kind and friendly staff of the SBU Eats team offers a welcoming environment at each dining location so that it becomes a home away from home for many students. SBU Eats hosted a Friendsgiving meal at Roth Cafe so students could have the opportunity to celebrate with friends before heading home to see their families.
Many dining staff members spent Thanksgiving with students who remained on campus. A traditional Thanksgiving meal was hosted at East Side Dining with beautiful table linens, an incredible buffet developed by Executive Chef Kevin Kenny and a mocktail bar that included Sour Citrus Spritz, Marshmallow Cider and Sparkling Pom beverages created by Kenneth Ferro, director of East Side Dining.“The Thanksgiving day meal at East Side Dining was not only delicious, the servers and cooks were so nice and really helped us all fill our plates with delicious foods and beverages. My husband and I are grateful this was offered to us this year,” said Lisa A. Romard, certified pediatric nurse practitioner, Department of Pediatrics.
When students returned from break, they were surprised and delighted by the winter wonderland at the annual Rothefeller Tree Lighting event with Wolfie flipping the switch to turn on thousands of twinkling lights. This SBU Eats holiday celebration offered performances by the High C’s student a cappella group, The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band and line dancing plus roasted chestnuts, sugar cookies, Italian hot chocolate, holiday music, a glittery photobooth and a limited edition Rothefeller shake special at Smash n’ Shake!
“I attended Rothefeller with friends and we loved the event because the decorations surpassed our expectations and the hot cocoa was top tier,” said Mishkat Amlan ‘25, computer science major.
The Teaching Kitchen program at Roth Cafe offered holiday-inspired cooking demonstrations where students made avocado truffles, decorated cookies and created mini gingerbread houses as a fun way to unwind in a collaborative and team-building environment.
The entertainment continued the next night at Snowfest at SAC Circle. Students enjoyed complimentary treats from the SBU Eats food trucks with hot chocolate, funnel fries, burgers and wings while warming up inside the beautiful igloos. SBU Eats offered an interactive experience with a snowball fight, snowboard simulator and a fire safety demonstration with SBU Fire Marshals.