Binghamton University Dining Services caters 40th annual black-tie gala

Schools and Libraries

June 28, 2017

The Binghamton University Forum celebrated forty years this month high atop campus at the Appalachian Collegiate Center catered by Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS).

"The forum dinner is an annual dinner hosted by the forum foundation in early June," said Charles Williams, Executive Chef of Catering Operations. "Our dinner guests are from both the campus and the community. I really enjoy this event because it gives our whole culinary management team the opportunity to work together and showcase our skills. We have an extremely talented culinary team on campus. We don't always work as one team, but when we do, the results are impressive. This year we partnered with Binghamton University Acres campus garden and harvested some ingredients for our salad and vegetarian offering. It was a very rewarding experience for us all."

Binghamton University Acres Farms student interns and Acres Manager Sean Cummings all joined forces with BUDS to harvest pok choy and spinach for the Forum Dinner for 200 attendees.

"The Binghamton University Forum, in my opinion, is the most lovely event we do on campus each year," said Joe Laskaris, BUDS Catering Manager.  "Guests are sophisticated, well educated in food trends, and very diverse. The ladies are in gowns and the gentlemen in black tie.  Over the years we have come to know many of the guests, and it is always a pleasure to welcome them to our beloved campus. I consider it an absolute honor to be part of such a great event hosted by the Binghamton University Foundation."

Dinner selections were based on feedback from a campus-based tasting held earlier this Spring.

"The evening kicked off with a reception that included beautifully displayed and carefully crafted hors d'oeuvres," said Marketing Manager Casey Slocum. "We also featured delicious sushi from Thai Time Restaurant in downtown Binghamton. Dinner was a senses-evoking dining experience. Thank you to our amazing Catering team - from the wait staff to our culinary experts."

For more information about Binghamton University Dining Services, contact Casey Slocum at 607 777 3014 and via email at