• The 2001 Infinite Buffet on Saturday will feature a construction theme, consistent with the campus today. The event begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.

    The 2001 Infinite Buffet on Saturday will feature a construction theme, consistent with the campus today. The event begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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Infinite Buffet offers tasty treats

The 2001 Infinite Buffet on Saturday will feature a construction theme, consistent with the campus today. The event begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.


Can the infinite appetites of MIT students be satisfied at this Saturday's Infinite Buffet? Organizers of the four-hour event promise to try with a menu almost as diverse as the MIT community itself.

At a planning meeting at the Faculty Club on Friday, Executive Chef Peter Dumke offered a sampling of the goods--fried chicken, chicken wings, three variations of quiche, vegetarian chili, carved roast beef, sliced cheese, half a dozen salads (including taboule, curried chickpea and Oriental noodle), biscuits and other breads, cookies, brownies and hot apple crisp.

The second community-wide buffet (the first was in 1997) will last twice as long as the first (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and offer continual entertainment by campus music groups. Tables loaded with culinary delights will stand in the Infinite Corridor with entrances in Lobby 13, Lobby 8 and Lobby 7. Desserts will be set up in Lobby 10. After moving along the buffet tables, diners can enter a heated tent on Killian Court to eat and watch the performances.

Don't miss the authentic Southern fried chicken or the hot, spicy jerk chicken wings made with nutmeg, allspice and a little cinnamon along with the pepper. The quiche fromage, made with Swiss and cheddar cheeses is tasty and light with a chewy cheese bottom that makes you crave more. And the apple crisp, though a little on the sweet side, is fresh and delicious.

Event organizers--Soulaymane Kachani, Satwik Seshasai and Sina Kevin Nazemi, representing the Graduate Student Council and the Class of 2003 Council--plan to feed 3,000 community members courtesy of their sponsors, which include the Office of the President, Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the Corporation, the Office of the Dean for Student Life and the Office of the Dean of Graduate Students, among others.

This community-building event is open to all MIT community members and their families. There is no admission charge.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 24, 2001.


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