In the first quarter, the club ventured over to Mo Pho, a New Orleans establishment that offers traditional Vietnamese food infused with a Cajun flare. The owners, Jeff Gulotta ‘93 and Michael Gulotta ‘98, welcomed our Crusaders to their restaurant. The club members prepared for this event by testing their prior knowledge of Vietnam through a Kahoot competition and watching a documentary on street vendors in Saigon.
During the second quarter, the club experienced authentic Cuban food at a Cuban Restaurant in Kenner. The menu offered a wide variety of food ranging from plantains to the more well-known Cuban sandwich. The students were able to see parts of modern day Cuba through an informational video that discussed how Cuba has changed over the decades.
In the third quarter, the club experienced Ethiopia by first learning about the culture and traditions. At Café Abyssinia on Magazine St., Crusaders participated in a traditional ceremony that involved drinking a small cup of coffee before eating their food with their hands, family-style. This was the most unique experience for the World Culture Club this year since most of the club had never experienced eating with their hands off of a large plate that is shared by the table.
At the beginning of the 4th quarter, the World Culture Club hosted its annual International Food Festival. The hardworking club members and generous volunteers served nearly half of the student population at Brother Martin. In addition, the proceeds went to an international cause, the Brother’s Mission in Amatongas, Mozambique.
We most recently ended the year with a private event at Deutsches Haus on Ridgewood Dr. They are currently building at a new location, but the club was privileged to have the place to themselves. With the help of Mr. Kenny Fleming, father of Hans Fleming ’19, club members were able to taste a variety of authentic German foods. While at the Deutsches Haus, the club also watched a documentary on German traditions to gain a full experience on the German culture.