Dress, eat and drink pink!

Trinity chefs have pulled out all the stops for this year’s Pink Week Formal Hall on Thursday 7 February, when students dress, eat and drink pink for charity.

On the menu will be beetroot-infused egg mayonnaise, haddock poached in red wine, and a sparkling dessert especially created by Pastry Chef, Sarah Hopkin, for the occasion.

Mi, Jo, Sarah and Jon with the finished dessert

Trinity students organising the event, Joanna Sam and Mi Trinh, said: ‘This year Hall is transformed into a pink oasis, with students enjoying beautifully and intricately made pink dishes, including a show-stopping pink and glittery Rhubarb Ice Cream and Meringue dessert.’

The students joined Pastry Chef, Sarah Hopkin, and Executive Head Chef, Jon Witherley, for a sneak peak of this remarkable dessert – infused with rhubarb, pomegranate, raspberries and vanilla – not forgetting the candy floss and mini marshmallows!

‘It was great fun to come up with this dish for such a fun and worthwhile occasion,’ said Miss Hopkin. And by the look on the students’ faces as they tried the dessert, it tasted as good as it looks.

Mr Witherley said:

This is what inventive cooking is all about. The varied range of events at Trinity allows us to be creative, using our expertise and thinking outside the box. We’re always looking to try new things and improve on the already high standards of dining at Trinity.

Getting the ingredients together…

This year’s Pink Formal, the third at Trinity, is part of a wider student initiative at Cambridge, Oxford, Durham and King’s College London, which raises money for breast cancer and other cancer charities.

‘The event immediately sold out, which is really encouraging,’ said Joanna. ‘Amongst the pink table décor, there will be pocket-sized leaflets informing students about breast cancer. Students are encouraged to donate to the Pink Week charities through collection buckets at the entrance to Hall.’

Pastry Chef Sarah Hopkin in her element

‘Breast cancer is not only the third most common cancer in the world, but also something very personal and close to my heart,’ Mi said.

‘We hope that the messages behind Pink Week will reach all members of the College – Fellows, staff and students. We want to make sure that those who have been affected by breast cancer indirectly or directly feel they are supported by the whole College community.’

It’s a tough job…


And if you’ve not had your fill of pink, then order your friend, colleague (or yourself) a pink cupcake iced with your personalised message for £3.50 – and help boost Pink Week takings. All cakes will be delivered to student pigeonholes on Saturday 9 February and staff offices on Monday 11 February. Complete the form and pay by 23.59 on Thursday 7 February:

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