Did you like the food? International Taste of Fermilab a big success

The International Taste of Fermilab was held on July 12 in the Wilson Hall atrium. More than 250 people came to the event and enjoyed food and culture from around the world. One participant, Food Ambassador for India Alpana Shenai, said that it was great to see people trying and enjoying the food, noting that food connects people.

Chinese, Indian, Russian, Filipino, Italian, African American, Irish, New Zealand, Mexican, Peruvian, Puerto Rican and Colombian cultures were represented by more than 70 food ambassadors from the Fermilab community. It was a fun event made possible by many hands. These ambassadors gave their time, money and talents to share their cultures with the larger Fermilab community. Svetlana Pronskikh, who organized the Russian food ambassadors, said she “enjoyed seeing the reaction of people trying new foods.”

Eileen Beno was new to Fermilab when she heard about the event and decided to participate. She didn’t know anyone at Fermilab who shared her Filipino culture at the time. Through the event and preparation she met other Filipinos, including Nino, who was her co-food ambassador for the Philippines. Eileen commented on the way the event brought people together as an opportunity to experience different countries’ foods and cultures.

When asked if he would participate in this event again, Abhishek Bakshi, food ambassador for India, replied, “Yes, I enjoy seeing other cultures and showcasing the diversity of Fermilab.”

Partnering with the International Taste of Fermilab was Abri Credit Union, who raffled off a wonderful gift basket of foods from around the world. The winner of the raffle was visiting student Davio Cianci. Thank you, Sheryl Rentz and Abri, for joining us at this event!

A special thank you to all of the food ambassadors for their hard work and to our safety ambassadors John Kent, Chuck Kuhn, David Mertz and Chuck Morrison for helping us with the details and to be safe along the way.

Did you come to the International Taste of Fermilab? We’d love to hear from you! Our team meets this week about the possibility of future events like the International Taste of Fermilab, and your comments would really benefit us! Click here to fill out a short survey.

Didn’t see your country/culture represented? Let me know! We’d love to work with you in representing your country at future events.

Jessica Jensen is the Fermilab global services outreach coordinator.

  • Mexico, represented by Martha, Maria, Griselda, Aria and Leticia (joined by Colombian ambassador Jeny, on the left) displayed many cultural items in addition to serving delicious food. Photo: Jessica Jensen
    Mexico, represented by Martha, Maria, Griselda, Aria and Leticia (joined by Colombian ambassador Jeny, on the left) displayed many cultural items in addition to serving delicious food. Photo: Jessica Jensen