Get in the Mood for Thanksgiving With These Mouth-Watering Photos

November 23, 2020 By Jane Kelly, Jane Kelly,

“Turkey Day” came early at the University of Virginia, where the dining staff pulled out all the stops last week to provide a hearty feast before students return home for the Thanksgiving recess.

Local Virginia turkeys were the centerpiece of the menu offered Wednesday at Observatory Hill Dining Hall, one of three dining halls whose staff members set out a savory spread to get students in the holiday spirit.

O-Hill’s entire menu was sourced locally and also included cider-braised chicken, creamy mashed potatoes and even a seared herb tofu triangle.

University photographer Sanjay Suchak headed over to O-Hill’s kitchens, where UVA Dine employees, representing nearly a dozen countries and cultures, busily prepped for Wednesday’s meals.

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This student surveyed her dining options.
A server slices savory herbed turkey, sourced from the Virginia Poultry Farmers Cooperative.
A UVA Dine associate tends to another dish.
Large platters of macaroni and cheese were on the menu, featuring shredded marmac cheese from Mountain View Farms Products.
Suchak said his main takeaway from photographing the scenes in the kitchen was seeing teamwork in action among all of the UVA Dine staff.
UVA Dine will put out another incredible spread on Thanksgiving Day for students who have not left Grounds, plus faculty and staff, from noon to 2 p.m. at Newcomb Hall.
Students lined up for their meals – physically distanced, of course.
A mouth-watering roasted Virginia turkey.
Turkey breasts were roasted in a rotisserie machine.
A UVA Dine employee gives a student a thumbs-up.
Suchak said the food “was impressive and delicious.”
UVA Today wishes all its readers a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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