Holidays are about tradition, and this year's WAU Christmas Banquet was no different with Lloyd Yutuc once again giving us his rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas. The Office of Student Life organized the annual event with a dinner theater theme entitled “Christmas on Broadway”
Attendees were first invited for to attend a 5:00 pm social in the Wilkinson Hall Lobby for cookies and drinks before being escorted to the Dining Hall for the feature presentation. Dean of Women, Adrienne Matthews, coordinated the program by working with on-campus music club, Rhapsody, to present the play while attendees enjoyed the delicious meal. Michael Patterson and Juliana Baioni, music majors and Rhapsody members were instrumental in the performance.
The women in Halcyon Hall were rewarded for their eye for aesthetics with gift cards given out for best decorated room.s Lloyd Yutuc led out in the Football Trivia Quiz and threw wrapped gummy bears to those who answered questions correctly.
In addition to being a night to remember for students, faculty and staff participated by serving the students their dinner. Dining Services Head Chef, Gregory Davis prepared his version of Beef Wellington that left everyone’s mouths watering. “I wanted to prepare something that the students hadn’t had on a regular basis.”
The Beef Wellington is a pastry reserved for gala dinner events. The dish prepared for this year’s Christmas Banquet was adapted from the original red meat ingredient and replaced with grilled vegetarian versatile meat. Chef Davis mixed in herbs, thyme, crushed light pepper, spinach, shredded carrots, garlic, and salt. The ingredients were baked into a French puffed pastry and enhanced with white wine Worchester Sauce
The night was capped off with Bookstore Manager, Mr. Lloyd Yutuc’s annual performance of the 12 Days of Christmas. He was joined in the singing by individual students who held props relating to their stanza, with Mr. Yutuc finishing off each stanza:” and a partridge in a peartree…”
For students, faculty, and staff, the Gateway to Christmas Banquet was a memorable event. “It was fun and delightful.” said Freshman Theology major Nancy Konjo.