The Wake Forest President’s Ball is a biennial celebration bringing campus enthusiasts together. Held during homecoming weekend in the center court of the renowned Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the inaugural ball originated as a welcome party for President Nathan Hatch, Wake Forest’s 13th president, in 2005. It has become a favorite campus event that allows students to get dressed up and enjoy an evening of grand celebration, dining, and dancing! This year’s event brought impressive entertainment that wowed guests, along with a fun and chic photo booth.

Proof of the Pudding proudly provided the evening’s menu. With a little something for everyone, we offered plenty of delicious eats to fuel guests’ appetites and allow this evening to go off without a hitch! Take a look at the highlights below:

President’s Ball Menu

Montage Table

  • Fresh fruit, cheeses, cured meats, breads, crackers, assorted dips

Macaroni Bar

  • Toppings
    • Chopped bacon, crispy chicken pieces, smoked sausage
    • Diced tomatoes, scallions, jalapeño, Takis, cheddar cheese, blue cheese, queso fresco
  • Condiments
    • Buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, teriyaki sauce, BBQ sauce, tajin

Vegetarian Options

  • Caramelized Onion and White Bean Crostini
    • French bread toasted and topped with rosemary garlic and onion white bean spread, drizzled balsamic syrup, garnished with fresh mesclun greens
  • Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Mini Peppers
    • Sweet peppers with spinach artichoke dip
  • Crispy Falafel
    • Golden brown falafel bites served with Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce
  • Vegetable Samosas
    • Pastry filled with potatoes and peas served with cilantro chutney

Seafood Bar

  • Shrimp Cocktail with Cocktail Sauce and Lemon Wedges
  • Crispy Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Petite Crab Cake with Zesty Remoulade Sauce
  • Vegan Jackfruit Crab Cake

Slider Station

All menu items served with house-fried chip and assorted sauce bar

  • Pulled Pork Slider
    • Pulled pork, BBQ sauce, pickle chips, cole slaw, gourmet slider bun
  • BBQ Chicken Slider
    • Pulled chicken thighs, BBQ sauce, pickle chips, cole slaw, pretzel slider bun
  • Black Bean Slider
    • Black bean patty, red onions, guacamole spread, sesame seed slider bun

Chef Carving Station

  • Beef tenderloin
  • Turkey breast
  • Gluten-free artisan rolls
  • Chipotle BBQ sauce, three herbed chimichurri, dijon mustard, horseradish sauce 

Dessert Station

  • Premium Cookies
    • Chocolate chunk, red velvet, smores, cranberry oatmeal
  • Dessert Bars
    • Lemon, pecan chocolate, apple granola, brownie bash
  • Vegan Options
    • Lime mango dessert bar
    • Passionfruit & raspberry dessert bar
    • Caramel & chocolate dessert bar
  • Gluten-Free Options
    • Marshmallow dream bar
    • Chocolate brownies

Beverage Station

  • Agua Fresca
    • Melons and mint
  • Brewed Tea
    • Sweetened and unsweetened
  • Wake Forest Punch
    • Secret blend of citrus and tropical fruits with a sparkling twist

Bar Service

  • Beer
    • Deacon Brew, Michelob Ultra, Seven Saturdays, White Claw
  • Wine
    • Josh Cellars: chardonnay, pinot grigio, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon


  • Mermaid Refresher
    • Seltzer, blue punch, pineapple juice, lemonade, cherry with lemon slice
  • Mango-Lime Spritzer
    • Mango juice, lime juice, ginger beer, lime wheel with mango spear garnish
by Dina Biondo in Event