Fellows Dinner & Hospitality2024-02-06T16:43:07-05:00

Fellows Dinner & Hospitality

Fellows Dinner & Hospitality

“Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.”
– Henri Nouwen

Why Food?

Why Food?

Whether it’s cookies for an afternoon study session, or a Monday night dinner for our Fellows students, food makes a difference.

  • Offering food cares for the whole person (not just the mind)

  • Food is a way to the heart (especially of college students)

  • Eating together builds community on a fundamental level

  • People show up for food. Every time.

What We Need

Love this vision of hospitality? Here are 2 ways you can help!

Casserole Drive

The Basis of Monday Night Fellows Dinners

Jan 22-Feb 26

(1 Fellows dinner = 3 casseroles. Bring 1, 2, or all 3.)

Mar 11-Apr 29

(1 Fellows dinner = 3 casseroles. Bring 1, 2, or all 3.)

Cookie Drive

People show up to study here just for these

Jan 22-Mar 11

(1 Fellows dinner = 2-3 casseroles. Bring 1, 2, or all 3.)

Mar 18 – May 6

(1 Fellows dinner = 2-3 casseroles. Bring 1, 2, or all 3.)

Cookie Drive

People show up to study here just for these

Spring Cookies

(2 dozen/week
for the cookie jar)

Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering about one of these? Glad you asked!

If you don’t see the answer to your question here, contact Rachel Kimzey, our Director of Operations.

What’s involved in helping with the casserole drive?2024-01-09T13:15:14-05:00
  1. Decide how many casseroles you want to make. It takes 3 9×13″ pans to feed our Fellows students – you can make 1, 2, or all 3 parts of that meal.
  2. Sign up for the Jan. 28 or Mar. 10 drive.
  3. Pick up the disposable aluminum pan(s) for the dish you signed up for at the BSC (104 Faculty Street, Blacksburg).
  4. Make your dish with the provided easy recipe. The recipe is included with the pan.
  5. Drop your pan(s) off at the BSC by the drive date!

P.S. Would you be interested in joining a Fellows dinner as an adult guest? Contact [email protected].

When would I get my 9×13 casserole dish back?2024-01-09T13:15:23-05:00

You would not use your 9×13 pan at all!

We know it’s a pain to chase your dishes down (especially if you use that pan often yourself). If you are making something for the casserole drive, sign up and then make the casserole(s) in the disposable aluminum pan provided by the BSC. You can pick up the pan at the BSC at 104 Faculty Street, Blacksburg.

Or, if you found this opportunity through your local church, check with your church contact – they may have the pans available.

How, when, and where do I drop off my cookies/casserole?2024-01-09T13:15:35-05:00

If you sign up, we’ll work with you to make sure you can get into the study center and drop it off!

  • Drop off location: Bradley Study Center, 104 Faculty Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060.
  • Dropping off during regular open hours: After August 21, the study center will be open 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday and 9:00am-3:00pm Friday. Show up anytime then, and we can help get your cookies or casserole to the freezer.
  • Dropping off after hours: Our Director of Operations, Rachel Kimzey, will be in touch with you once you sign up to get you an entry code to the front door if you need it! You can let yourself in and take the cookies or casserole to the chest freezer in the basement.
Are there any allergies or dietary restrictions to be aware of?2024-01-09T13:25:41-05:00

We ask that you steer clear of nuts in general since nut allergies are more common and can be severe. Our dinner recipe repertoire already includes some vegetarian options. Otherwise, we do not have any other dietary restrictions to work around at the moment!

Can I make my own recipe?2024-01-09T13:16:26-05:00

If making cookies: Yes, make whatever sounds tasty to you!

If making casseroles: 

  • 1-2 casseroles: Please follow the suggested recipe on the pan. This makes sure we can combine your pan with others to make a complete meal.
  • 3 casseroles: If you want to make a complete meal’s worth of casseroles, you are welcome to suggest a freezer-friendly recipe besides the one listed on the pans. Email Rachel Kimzey ([email protected]) to check your recipe is compatible with the dinner needs.
How do I make sure my cookies/casserole won’t freezer burn?2024-01-09T13:16:33-05:00

HOW TO FREEZE A CASSEROLE

  1. Air is your enemy in the freezer – air leads to freezer burn. So everything about packing up a casserole for the freezer is about keeping the extra air out of the food. Use professional-strength plastic wrap to do this. Press that plastic wrap down onto the surface of the food. You do not want to just stretch the wrap across the top of the pan. You want to try to get as much contact between the plastic wrap and the top of your casserole as you can. This will keep the air out.
  2. Next up, aluminum foil. The plastic wrap by itself isn’t going to quite get the job done. You need another layer to protect your food from the freezer and freezer burn. Use heavy-duty aluminum foil to tightly wrap your casserole, again, press the foil down on the surface of the food.Make sure the entire pan is covered, with enough foil left to wrap around the sides of the pan. Depending on the size of your pan, you might need two layers of aluminum foil to get it completely wrapped.
  3. Last but not least, a label. It is so important to label your casseroles before you freeze them. In a solid disposable pan with a foil cover, you can’t tell what’s inside!

HOW TO FREEZE COOKIES

  1. Make sure you have freezer bags with zip locks that are designed for freezer use. It’s important to choose bags that are durable, thick, and have a reliable sealing mechanism.
  2. Allow your cookies to cool completely before placing them in the freezer bags. This prevents condensation from forming inside the bags, which could lead to freezer burn.
  3. Arrange the cookies inside the freezer bag.
  4. Starting from the bottom of the bag, gently squeeze out as much air as possible without squishing the cookies. Removing excess air helps minimize the chance of freezer burn.

Casserole how-to adapted from MyFearlessKitchen.com. Cookie how-to adapted from Storables.com.

How do I share this with my church, small group, or someone else who’d be excited to help?2024-01-09T13:16:43-05:00

We’re beyond grateful you’d think to share this opportunity! The easiest way is to send them to this link: bradleystudycenter.org/dinners

Or, you connect them with Rachel Kimzey ([email protected]) to talk about how they can be part of the hospitality at the study center!

The Difference It Makes For Students

The Difference It Makes for Students

“Thank you for making the wonderful dinners that nourish our bodies and open our hearts to conversation with others. It makes fellowship much more special and meaningful to share an experience!”

Emma B.

“I have developed some truly amazing friendships sitting around our fellowship table. Sharing a meal together is always the beginning to a great discussion and a great evening of spiritual growth.”

Kase P.

“My favorite part of having dinner as part of the Fellows is getting to talk with everyone in a more casual way before talking about the reading. It’s such a great part of my week, and I know we all really appreciate it!”

Elizabeth E.

“I enjoy having dinner with our weekly gatherings because it gives us an opportunity to open up and check in with each other. It also brings joy!”

Bianca H.

“I love the dinners @ BSC because they create a lovely space for conversation and fellowship.”

Liv A.

Also Liv A.

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