Sharing Native Specialties
Nearly 250 people attended the event, to grab a taste from cultures across the globe. There were 12 different dishes, ranging from Indian butter chicken to Venezuelan-style plantains. There are about 25 students in the International Club and all of them helped with the cooking or serving, according to the club President Anh Le, 20, senior of Hanoi, Vietnam.
Many of the dishes were heavily seasoned or spicy, all adding a unique flavor to typical staples such as chicken and rice. One dish in particular was especially distinctive. It was a Japanese dessert called Strawberry Daifuku, which was described as a sort of cake on the label in front of the pan. The outside was mochi, which is a white rice paste that has a texture sort of like a firm dough. Inside was a strawberry slice and a sweet red bean paste, with a strawberry slice garnishing the top as well.
After the guests were seated and tasting the treats, emcee Sara Flores, freshman of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, took the stage to give a welcome. She introduced the four acts that provided entertainment for the evening.
First, was a vocal and guitar performance, followed by a group dance number, both done by Pine Ridge Job Corps students. Then a group of women, ranging from Chadron Middle Schoolers to Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff, students, originating from the Marshall Islands, took the stage to sing and play ukulele for two numbers. Their sweet voices and perfect harmony charmed the crowd. Natsuki Sato, junior of Oita-Shi, Japan, closed the show with a masterful piece on the grand piano.
“I love that the club puts on this event every year,” Kiran Mand, 21, senior of Bellmawr, New Jersey, said. “It’s a special experience getting to taste dishes and hear songs from around the world, right here in Chadron.”
The money raised from the event helps fund a yearly trip the club takes each fall. The club visited Minneapolis last semester.