February 13, 2009

International Buffet brings world to local palates

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The 2009 International Buffet at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a delectable passport of sorts, giving participants the chance to dine on dishes from countries around the world.

The buffet, open to the campus community and public, is 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 in the Renaissance Room at the Student Center. The mouth-watering appetizers include Belfast sausage rolls, Mediterranean dip accompanied by pita chips and Italian parsley pesto with crostini. Soups and salads on the menu include Burmese tomato salad, vegetable salad, crunchy cucumber Asian Salad, West African chicken soup and smetanová polévka s brambory (cream soup with potatoes).

Jamaican jerk chicken and Ethiopian beef and peppers are the buffet entrees. Side dishes include fresh vegetable curry, tortilla Espanola, curry fried rice, soda bread and focaccia. Dessert options also span the culinary globe. There’s Russian cream, Hong Kong style egg tarts and creamy Irish rice pudding.

International Buffet tickets for SIUC students, senior citizens and children age five and older are $10.50 in advance while the advance price for the general public is $11.50 per ticket. Everyone pays $11.75 at the door, except for kids younger than five, who dine free.

For advance tickets, visit the Central Ticket Office on the second floor of the Student Center Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or call the office at 618/453-3478.

The International Buffet is one of many special events during SIUC’s annual International Festival, Feb. 16-20. For the complete schedule and more information, visit http://news.siu.edu/ or www.siucstudentcenter.org or call 618/453-1142.