I attended a Taste of NC State on April 5, 2013 where different foods from around the world were shared. This event, held on Harris field out front of the Witherspoon student center on NC State’s central campus, helped students explore some diverse, worldly cuisine. There was also music playing of various cultures as well as dancers on stage in this welcoming environment. After scanning your card in you could visit each of the six tables that hosted different types of foods from various restaurants of different places in the world: Saint Jacques French cuisine (French), Thai Villa (Thai), Waraji Japanese (Japanese), Jasmin Mediterranean Bistro (Greek), Virgil’s Jamaica (Jamaican), and The Pit (Southern American).
The French food included tartines provencale which are basically small slices of bread with tomatoes, tapenade, ricotta, basil leaves, pepper, salt, olive oil and onions spread over it.
They also had mini croque monsieurs which are pretty much small ham and cheese sandwiches.
The select Japanese food were vegetarian California rolls and gyudon. A California roll is a kind of sushi roll, usually made inside-out, containing cucumber, crab meat or and avocado. Gyudon, literally meaning beef bowl, consists of a bowl of rice topped with beef and onion simmered in a mildly
sweet sauce flavored with dashi (fish and seaweed stock), soy sauce and mirin (sweet rice wine). It also often includes shirataki noodles, and is sometimes topped with a raw egg.
Jamaican food that was served of course included jerk chicken. Fried plantains, similar to bananas, was also served along with Caribbean shrimp. You would also be greeted by a guy with a strong Jamaican accent that I thought was funny but cool. “Ya won’ it spicy?” he asked before soaking the chicken in type of pepper hot sauce.
Overall this was a great event that filled up my stomach. It opened my eyes to the many different cuisine around the world and how people can survive off of such different foods but some can also be very similar. My friends and I enjoyed ourselves and were happy to visit and I think everyone else that was there would say the same. Attendees were also aloud to get a free t-shirt and button to show and remember their experience. I encourage everyone to try and attend it in the future.