Valdosta Daily Times


April 14, 2013

Sample international cuisine at annual VSU International Dinner

VALDOSTA — The 270 students who comprise the Society of International Students at Valdosta State University come from over 60 countries around the world. These students are serious about their studies and the opportunity to attend college in America, and very proud of their native cultures. Each year, the society members share a taste of their homelands at the International Dinner.

The event dates back 36 years as a way of allowing the students the chance to showcase their talents, native dress, music, dances, and delightfully, their cuisine. The dinner will feature dishes from each of the four global regions — the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe. The dishes are prepared by the students with the assistance of VSU dining staff and served to the guests.

Ticket sales for the event are always brisk but there are some available for the 6 p.m. Saturday evening event at the VSU Student Union. Student tickets are $10 and adult tickets are $20, with children under 5 admitted free. If any tickets are still available the night of the event, they will be sold at the door for $25 per person.

This event is for foodies, so unless you have an “adventurous” palate, you may not enjoy it, but for those who have lived, traveled and marveled at all the wonderful cultures around the world, the evening will be delightful and educational.

The Valdosta community is blessed to have such a rich diversity of individuals living here, and the university is a tremendous asset in bringing that depth to the area. These students are interesting, intelligent, inquisitive, and have incredible stories to tell. And they serve as wonderful ambassadors between their own countries and ours.

If you are interested, I suggest you get your tickets this week. Call (229) 333-7410 for more information.

Reader Thank You

A very nice reader called this week to comment on my column from last week about writing thank you notes. She said her husband’s business has been practicing the art of handwritten thank yous for years, and it’s proven to be very helpful. It’s a great way to stand out from the crowd, and it’s just a nice thing to do!

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