February 06, 2008

Dining halls feature 'Taste of Nations' this month

by Eric Welch

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will have a unique opportunity to enrich their palates as well as their cultural awareness during "Taste of Nations." Each Wednesday evening in February, exotic menus, ethnic music and costumes will give the dining halls at SIUC an international flavor.

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover any of the four "Taste of Nations" events. For more information, contact Peggy Connors at 618/453-1701.

Feb. 6, 5-7 p.m., Lentz Hall – Students will be able to taste recipes from Africa, Latin America, China, Japan, Korea and India. Additionally, music from those cultures will be playing along with a display of costumes and cultural artifacts.

Feb. 13, 5-7 p.m., University Hall – A live band will fill the room with Chinese music while those in attendance try foods from a broad Chinese menu.

Feb. 20, 8-11 p.m., Eastside Express – While students wait in the checkout line to buy their late-night snacks, a group of African students will play drums as well as offer a sampling of snacks from various countries.

Feb. 27, 5-7 p.m., Trueblood Hall – African drummers and Chinese and Japanese music groups will provide dinner entertainment while native costumes and artifacts are on display.

University Housing Residence Hall Dining and Chi Alpha Campus Ministries are the co-sponsors of "Taste of Nations."