International Food Fair offers taste the world in one place

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International Food Fair offers taste the world in one place

Published: December 1, 2010.

The Lewis University community was able to taste the world in one night at the 2010 International Food Fair, presented by the Lewis University International Student Association and the International Student Services Office. Free food was accompanied by entertainment at the international fair where a versatile quintet, “Mondongo,” delivered a Latin jazz presentation. Fair guests filled their plates with food representing the menus of more than 27 countries.

"We were so pleased with the turnout this year for the International Food Festival. It is especially encouraging to see our community learn about other cultures since our international student population has almost tripled this academic year," commented Michael Fekete, director of the Lewis University International Student Services Office.

The International food fest attendees feasted on Bahamian crab soup from the Bahamas, feijoada from Brazil, ensalada de nopalitos from Mexico, sausage and bacon hot pie from Canada, fried rice from China, curried chicken moghlai from India, tinolang manok from the Phillippines, coconut tofu soup from Taiwan, pad phak taohu from Thailand, corn ga from Vietnam, kubanski borsch from Russia, hochrippe and sauerkraut from Germany, shashlik from Estonia, gulyasleves from Hungary, potetboller from Norway, kottbullar from Sweden, boerenkool stamppot from the Netherlands, profiteroles from France, bigos from Poland, ajvar from Croatia, baklawa from Iraq, hkatenkwan from Ghana, mjaddara from Palestine, tabouleh from Saudi Arabia, couscous with lamb from Mauritania, blue-coconut jolofe rice from Cameroon and beef and greens with peanut sauce from Burundi.

Others involved in coordinating the multi-faceted event included Latin American Student Organization, Lewis University’s ROTC program, Lewis University Tennis Teams, Lewis University Women’s Basketball Team, Lewis University’s Golf Team, Lewis University’s Music Department, Student Services, Multicultural Student Services, Sodexho, Residence Life and friends of International Student Services.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,000 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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