BU’s dining halls are more likely to resemble Legal Seafoods or a Maine bistro tonight, with fresh lobster taking place of honor on the menu. With 8,000 crustaceans waiting to be cracked, Dining Services expects large crowds for what has become one of the most popular culinary events of the year on campus.
Lobster Night began in 1985, when it was offered at just one location—the George Sherman Union. As the event’s popularity grew, Dining Services expanded it to all dining halls.
“It’s a really fun night,” says Scott Rosario, Dining Services marketing director. “It’s a good opportunity to have people try new items. A lot of students are from far away and don’t get to have this traditional New England dinner very often. One of the things I think is the most fun is watching students who have never eaten a lobster before try to crack one. It’s pretty entertaining.”
This year’s lobsters come from Trenton, Maine, near Mount Desert Island, a town famous for its lobsters and steamer clams. If you prefer crab to satisfy your shellfish appetite, crab bisque is on tonight’s menu as well. Not a fan of seafood? No worries. You can opt for roast chicken. There will also be grilled local squash with fresh local dill, courtesy of Pioneer Valley Growers and Nicolosi Farms, and steamed corn on the cob from Ward’s Berry Farm, flavored with local chervil butter from Cabot Creamery. And what would a New England lobster dinner be without baked potatoes? Tonight’s spuds come from Maine Potatoes Co-op. You can wash all of this down with apple cider, provided by Carlson Orchard.
Lobster Night will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Towers, Shelton, and Myles Standish and from 5 to 9 p.m. at Warren Towers and Fresh Food Company. Students on the meal plan can use their Terrier Cards. You can bring friends and use your Guest Meals. Those students not on the meal plan can pay cash. The cost is $12.95. Check out the menu here or through Dining Services’ Facebook fan page.
John Fichera can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.