Tuesday, Miami students enjoyed beverages and dessert (including tarts and cheesecakes) as they witnessed Miami Idol. The event, powered by PepsiCo and put on by the Culinary Support Center, Miami Idol brought 15 contestants to showcase their muscial talents. After auditions cut the ground from 50 to 15, the event, which is a spin on the popular “American Idol”, is meant to be a fun kind of dining experience for students.
“It’s not just another concert.” says Mark Andrea, manager of computer systems and marketing for student dining. “A lot of students write original songs. This gives them a chance to showcase their talent and share it with their peers.”
The first Miami Idol three years ago didn’t charge for the finale, says Karen Recker, associate director of Dining and Culinary Support Services. But by the second year she’d determined that $12 per person was the sweet spot to ensure a full house.