July 18, 2011

A summer of savory jazz and barbecue

A crowd of hungry patrons savored Kansas City–inspired barbecue and jazz outside Levering Hall on July 8, just before the skies opened up with a short-lived, drenching rain.

This summer’s Friday Jazz BBQ series at Homewood, which kicked off June 3, comes courtesy of Housing and Dining Services.

Weather permitting, the grill will be fired up from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Friday until Aug. 5. A jazz trio from Peabody will play from noon to 1 p.m.

The series will feature such grill favorites as boneless chicken, pork ribs, pit beef and Italian sausages, along with burgers and hot dogs.

Carol Mohr, senior director of Housing and Dining Services, said that with Levering Food Court closed this summer for renovations, the office wanted to provide another option for eating on campus.

“We wanted to make it fun and relaxing, and decided to add the jazz element,” Mohr said.

Renovations to the Levering Food Court dining room are nearly halfway completed. Old fixtures, lighting and furniture have been removed, paint has been applied, and installation of new lighting is under way.

In addition to the Friday barbecue days, Housing and Dining Services has added enhanced food selections at the Pura Vida organic coffeehouse in Levering Hall.