Panem et circenses: bread and circuses. The habit of preceding our evenings with a good dinner always turns out to be a success at the Faculty Club. Together with our catering service, Vineyard Catering, we guarantee a fantastic dinner and an unforgettable evening.
One of the returning themed dinners is our Wild Game Dinner. We organise a true feast for those who love various kinds of wild food annually, of course with delicious wines. During the most recent wild evening, our hortulanus Gerard van Buiten took us on a trip to the wild (pickable) plants in the Netherlands. He also told about the marvels and secrets of our own Utrecht Botanic Gardens, including the bitter orange, which comes from Soestdijk Palace. UU employee Crispijn Looij shared his experiences on 'surviving in the wild'.
Another annual themed dinner is the Asparagus Dinner. During our traditional asparagus evening, we (once again) enjoyed the versatility of the 'queen of the vegetables'. With a great violinist, up-beat music and beautiful French chansons, we were taken to a French atmosphere by quartet Les Copains with professor of Mathematics Didactics Professor Dr Paul Drijvers.
The last themed dinner before the corona crisis was also our first Valentine's Dinner ‘All you need is love...’. During an inspiring and cosy evening, we listened to our table-companions' special stories. Behavioural biologist Dr Claudia Vinke of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine took us on a trip into the world of love. For instance, can animals be in love too, just like humans? What is love actually? And do we really go for the healthiest and strongest match? Finally, we enjoyed the beautiful music by Pierre et les Optimistes.