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Apples! Apples! Apples!

September 21, 2010

You know the old saying: an apple a day, right? You've probably also learned, rigorous academician though you are, that there's something to be said for cramming. Go to Commons for dinner tonight to celebrate the 732nd Annual Apple Day, and cram yourself full of apples.

 Arguably the most glorious of all days – at least culinarily speaking, on campus – Commons will be packed to the core with apple delicacies of all sorts, from cider, to potato pancakes with applesauce, to roast pork with scalloped apples, to more desserts than your imagination and stomach can possibly handle. Oh, and don’t forget the APPLES: bushels and bushels of apples for you to nom on while you wait in various lines, or to cut up and put on just about anything, or to take home and savor. 

Chef Peter Kraemer says Commons orders about 14 bushels of apples for the celebration – that’s 560 pounds! – most of which come from the Apple Hut just northwest of town. Apple Day began as a birthday celebration for Johnny Appleseed, about 24 years ago.  “It’s all about the apples, period,” says Chef Peter. And as with most 24 (or 732)-year-old traditions, he knows better than to mess with the formula too much. “I thought about new items, but reconsidered. You just don’t want to mess with tradition. And yes, there will be apple fritters.”

Commons is open for dinner from 4:45 to 7:00 p.m.