TRAVERSE CITY — Ticket holders at the 11th annual International Dinner will eat their way around the world at Hagerty Center tonight when they sample goodies like Indian curry soup, Mexican jicama and mango salad, braised red cabbage with homemade egg noodles from Germany and a Serbian fresh fig tart.
Served up buffet style, the menu represents the more than two dozen international students who are attending Northwestern Michigan College. Created and prepared by the Hagerty culinary team, the dinner includes foods from nearly a dozen countries with input from NMC International Club students.
“The culinary group does all of the research for the menu,” explained Shauna Quick, the club's event director. “They want to make sure that the food is not only aesthetically pleasing, but that it’s complementary.”
Other dishes this year include a Ukrainian cold beet soup, Caribbean sweet potatoes and corn from Jamaica, turkey in red mole with avocado pico de gallo originating in Mexico and a ginger spice cake with cardamom cream and ginger-scented caramel from South Korea.
Each table is decorated to represent a country. Students, some dressed in traditional clothing, will serve the food and then sit down with diners to answer questions about their homelands.
“The event is a great chance to meet many international students from a variety of countries,” said Quick.
This year the students will provide the entertainment during dinner, which will include singing, traditional dancing, poetry reading and more.
Olga Narolska, a native of Ukraine, is volunteering for the second year. She not only helped make decorations, but will sing a Ukrainian song during dinner.
All of the event proceeds support NMC international student scholarships. Narolska said that is one of the reasons she pitches in with the dinner.
“All of the money is helping us and it’s also an interesting night,” she said.