Strawberry Shortcake Luncheon

This time-honored tradition has been a highlight of Medical Alumni Weekend ever since IU health care providers were first served the cream and crimson treat in 1947.

Enjoy a sweet tradition and help IU thank health care professionals

The Strawberry Shortcake Luncheon is an Indiana University tradition that dates to 1947, when IU doctors and nurses would gather each spring on the lawn outside Riley Hospital, or under big tents, to enjoy a sweet treat and celebrate our health care professionals.

For 73 years, the event has been a focal point for alumni gatherings. In recent years it has been one of the high points of Medical Alumni Weekend, where graduating classes reunite to share their special memories and celebrate all things IU. 

Enduring across decades has been the special IU recipe for strawberry shortcake, a sweet golden biscuit topped with delicious cream and ripe strawberries—the crimson to go with the cream.

In 2020, we are continuing the tradition with a virtual strawberry shortcake luncheon. The secret recipe is no longer secret. We’re sharing it with our alumni and friends in hopes they can enjoy the tradition at home and share their gratitude for our health care professionals everywhere.


How can I participate?

Watch a short video to learn how you can participate in this year's luncheon.

Strawberry Shortcake

Share your appreciation

Use our time-honored recipe to whip up this treat at home, share a picture on social media, and take a moment to thank the health care professional working tirelessly to preserve our health. 

If you chose not to make the dessert, please do take a moment to thank a health care professional in your life. Honoring these individuals is the foundation of our luncheon.

Post your photos and a note of appreciation on May 30th using #IUssl.

Download Recipe


A baking tutorial

And don’t worry if you have questions about baking up strawberry shortcake. Nick Makrides of The Scran Line can show you how to make our famous crimson and cream treat.