Special Events

For our team, every meal is special. But sometimes, we really go overboard. Columbia Dining is known for some extraordinary annual events that are student favorites.

Our Biggest Events

Meet and Eat Series

During the year, we’re lucky enough to have chefs visit us from local neighborhood favorites and nationally recognized restaurants. Stay tuned for opportunities to meet the latest guest - you never know who it’ll be!

Battle of the Dining Halls

The Battle of the Dining Halls is an epic food showdown between all five of our dining halls: John Jay, JJ’s Place, Ferris Booth Commons, Chef Mike’s Sub Shop, and Faculty House. Each dining hall will prepare a signature dish based around the event theme and face off in a cooking competition judged by a celebrity guest and panel of students.

See more pictures from the 2024 event.


A night of good food and good fun with good friends. John Jay, JJ's Place and Ferris serves Thanksgiving-themed menus. Plus, our pop-up photo booth and hot chocolate table to capture the feel good moments in the Van Am Quad.

See more pictures from the 2023 event.

Surf, Turf, and Earth

The stuff of legends: including a shrimp boat, lobster, steaks, and vegetarian delights. We help students celebrate the start of spring with this outdoor feast.