For Halloween 2016, third-year English student Freya Trevor-Harris ran her second annual Dinner in the Dark meal. The event is a fundraising dinner for the charity Cambridge Hub, which had been running for several years before Freya got involved. As the Vice President of the Cambridge Hub, she wanted to use what skills she could to contribute to the charity’s fundraising efforts. Coming from a catering family background, she saw the dinner as an opportunity to host a really high quality meal, using local ingredients, with plenty of Halloween themed treats and décor- a festive, student-run take on formal hall.

Above: Freya Trevor-Harris 

In both 2015 and 2016 the event was a great success, with hundreds of pounds raised and a really enthusiastic response from the diners. It took a lot of spreadsheets, some good vegetable-based mathematics, tight time planning, and a few huge pots and pans kindly leant by the Robinson kitchen - but it was pulled off. No student kitchen has ever been used with such professional efficiency! Freya admits that that week's essay on Oedipus Rex may have slightly suffered. This year, two more Robinson members joined the Cambridge Hub committee, Johnathan Doyle and Naomi Magnus, and they pitched it to help chop piles of vegetables, and to act as waiters in serving up the meal, which was held at St Augustine’s Church Hall.

2016’s menu was: Spiced tomato soup with a fresh pesto swirl;  autumn vegetable strudel with feta and walnuts, served with honey-roast beetroot and fresh watercress;  roasted pears with spiced syrup, served with nut biscotti and mascarpone cream; ‘bloody’ orange posset topped with pumpkin seed brittle; hot mulled apple-juice.

The Cambridge Hub is a student-led group offering practical volunteering, skilled placements, project incubation and events on a range of ethical and social issues.

Freya Trevor-Harris, 3UGrad, Robinson College