World Culture Club Embraces Vietnamese Culture & Cuisine

IMG_4369What is a better way to prepare for exam studying than sharing a really unique lunch with friends that is prepared by a Brother Martin Alum?

Brother Martin High School’s World Culture Club (WCC), under the direction of Mr. Aaron Reller, visited MOPHO, a local restaurant that offers traditional Vietnamese dishes with a New Orleans influence. MOPHO, located on City Park Avenue, was founded by Brother Martin Alumni Michael Gulotta ’98, Jeff Gulotta ’93, and Jeffrey Bybee ’97.

“We wanted to create a fusion between traditional Vietnamese food and a New Orleans twist. In doing so, we put more flavor into dishes that are not usually served like that in Vietnam,” said Michael Gulotta, who is both an owner of MOPHO and chef. Last spring, Gulotta was also a contestant on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef Gauntlet” and honored as the Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine.

Prior to the event, the WCC studied Vietnamese cuisine through a short documentary as well as trivia.

IMG_4379“I thought it was really good. Bone marrow is something that I never thought I’d have in my soup but it was extremely flavorful and something I’d probably try again,” said Hunter Kael. Kael is a junior and one of 21 students who attended the event with the WCC.

The World Culture Club seeks to promote understanding and appreciation of world cultures by attending local festivals, dining out at various restaurants, and hosting foreign film viewings. In the second semester, the club hosts World Culture Day, which celebrates the food, music, and history of countries from all over the world. Membership is open to all students.


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