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October 8, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab


SRU international students prepare homeland foods


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – More than 70 international students at Slippery Rock University are pulling out family recipes, traditional clothing from their homeland and their entertainment skills and customs to present Slippery Rock University’s 36th annual International Dinner Nov. 13.

            Tickets, $20 for the general public, $10 for SRU students and children under age 12, are on sale now at the Office of International Services, 114 Carruth Rizza Hall. The 7 p.m. event will be in the University Union.

The dinner has a seating limit of 300 and is often a sellout. All tickets must be purchased in advance.

            “This is a project that our international students always look forward to,” said Pamela Frigot, director of international services. “This dinner gives our international students the opportunity to share information about their home countries not only with our students, local and regional residents, but also with fellow international students. They also share some of the customs through entertainment and we have five or six performances lined up, including a traditional dance from Thailand and a vocal performance from Kenya.”

            The dinner’s success depends on students providing recipes from their homelands.

            “Often students will call or write home for specifics from their parents, their grandparents or other relatives. They always pick a dish that they are very fond of to share at the event,” Frigot said.

            This year’s menu, still in the planning stages, already includes Korean bulgogi, a Korean-style barbequed beef; Canadian butter tarts, a cookie made with pecans and brown sugar; and a few varieties of sushi from Japan.

“There will also be the perennial favorites – Jamaican jerked chicken and curry chicken from Sri Lanka,” Frigot said.

            “Students will present their recipes to the staff of AVI, which will gather most ingredients. Those items that can’t be obtained through their vendors will be purchased by the students as part of a specialty foods shopping trip to Pittsburgh’s Strip District,” Frigot said.

AVI Fresh Inc., the campus contract food vendor, will also assist students with their cooking in the days leading up to the dinner.


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