Since 1974, Gourmet Night has offered an unforgettable evening of exquisite dining—all student-planned and executed. It has become Hilton College's most treasured tradition and the stage on which we showcase student talent.
Over a one-year period, student leaders plan every detail of a gourmet dinner for 360 and lead a service team of 300 student volunteers, wowing guests with their skills in culinary arts, event planning, beverage management and service direction. From theme to budget, to menu and night-of logistics, students direct the entire production, which includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, multi-course dinner with wine pairings and live entertainment.
Each spring, undergraduate and graduate students interview with the Gourmet Night Executive Committee for the coveted spots on the student management team. The committee selects 13 outstanding students, who then enroll in two semester-long classes in Gourmet Night Management (HRMA 3384/4384/6384), led by lecturer Erin Oeser-Goodell, executive director of the event.
Every year, the students raise the bar, and the night becomes more sophisticated, more delicious and more dazzling. Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction benefit the College's educational programs and scholarships.
The 44rd annual Gourmet Night will take place on April 1, 2017. Tickets go on sale at the end of January 2017.