UM Dining Presents ‘Beatlemania’ Dec. 3 in the Food Zoo

December 01, 2014

MISSOULA – University of Montana Dining will present its final fall semester themed meal from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the Food Zoo, located in the Lommasson Center. 

The event’s theme is “Beatlemania,” and the Food Zoo will be transformed into a walk-through collage using visual themes from four of the Beatles’ hugely successful albums from the 1960s: “Yellow Submarine,” “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and the “White Album.”  

Taking inspiration from The Beatles’ homeland, the Food Zoo menu will offer British-inspired options, including bangers and mash, fish and chips, English meatloaf and a shepherd’s pie bar. 

UM Dining Director Mark LoParco, along with three assistants, will suit up as the Fab Four and perform as part of the afternoon’s karaoke entertainment. 

A “Beatlemania” karaoke competition for currently enrolled UM students will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Contestants may sing one song from The Beatles’ catalog. 

The karaoke sign-up board will be on display in the Food Zoo from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, through Wednesday, Dec. 3, when the competition begins at 11 a.m. Contestants may perform alone or as part of a four-person group. The best performers will earn prizes sponsored by Coca-Cola and Whitefish Mountain Resort. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes.

Top performers will earn a ski getaway to Whitefish Mountain Resort. There also will be 30 $10 Bear Bucks gift cards given away. Prize categories are:

  • Best Female Performance of a Beatles Song 
  • Best Male Performance of a Beatles Song 
  • Best Group (4) Performance of a Beatles Song

“For 15 years we have been offering our student guests bi-monthly themed events,” LoParco said. “We hope the dining diversion offers stress relief from classes.”

Complete rules and regulations are available online at

For more information call UM Dining Director of Marketing Sam Belanger at 406-243-5089 or email



Contact: Sam Belanger, director of marketing, UM Dining, 406-243-5089,