UM Dining to Host Annual UM Christmas Cookie Cook-Off

December 04, 2015

MISSOULA – The 18th annual Great UM Christmas Cookie Cook-Off, hosted by UM Dining, will take place from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, in the Lommasson Center’s Food Zoo Dining Room at the University of Montana. This year’s event, themed “The Grinch,” is open to all UM students, faculty, staff and their families.  

As event sponsor, Sysco food service of Montana, will donate 798 pounds of cookie dough ingredients and decorations. Guests may bring home up to half of the cookies they bake, and the other half will be donated to local youth homes, senior homes, group shelters and other nonprofit organizations.

“The only thing participants need to bring is their holiday spirit,” UM Dining Director of Marketing Sam Belanger said.

Every year, more than 30 campus departments participate in this event, and as a result, about 300 dozen cookies are donated to 16 local charities. In addition to cookie making, there will be beverages, music and a children’s play area. 

For more information, call Belanger at 406-243-5089 or email

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