Valdosta Daily Times

April 14, 2013

Sample international cuisine at annual VSU International Dinner

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

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!

Business Roundup

The new Waffle House on Baytree can’t be more than a week or so from opening, as it doesn’t look like much is left to do on the inside or the outside of the restaurant.

The new Family Dollar at the corner of Northside and Forrest is moving along very quickly also.

If you’ve driven by the VSU North campus lately, you will see the incredible work going into the new Health Sciences and Business Administration building there. The massive structure is going to be such a great boon to our community.

Across the street from there is a development that has been in the works for some time, and in the last week or two, I’ve gotten a lot of questions as there’s movement on the property. According to the Realtor, the property is still planned for half a dozen or so professional or medical office buildings but for now, only the site preparation is underway with no announcements just yet.

The O’Neal restaurant empire continues to expand as another Ole Times Buffet is opening this month in Savannah in a former Ryan’s buffet location. It will be the third former Ryans that Pat O’Neal has purchased and turned into one of his successful buffets.

Sam’s is getting ready to do a major expansion to the store located on Norman Drive apparently, which is getting to be a really busy place these days, and will continue to grow as the next phases of the project around Academy Sports get underway.

There is a new restaurant being constructed on Bemiss across from Moody called the La Taqueria Mexican Grill. Still haven’t heard anything more from the Bad Habitz Saloon folks on a definite opening date for the restaurant on Gornto Road.

That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!

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