A student organization on campus is providing an opportunity to travel the world through culture, food and performance without buying a plane ticket this weekend.
Presented by Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, the International Food Hall will be held in the Raney Bolder Room Saturday, and will introduce attendees to a variety of international cuisines, including Mediterranean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Puerto Rican and more prepared by local restaurants and organizations on campus.
Featured restaurants at the event include Kuya Lan, a local Filipino restaurant, and Lavash Cafe, a local Mediterranean cafe. The Khmer Student Association will prepare banh cheo — a Vietnamese fried pancake — and Girls of Outreach and Diversity will prepare vegan and vegetarian empanadas. Other student organizations included are co-ed Latino interest fraternity, Alpha Psi Lambda and the Puerto Rican Student Association.
“We like promoting our mission of creating community and networks by working with other student organizations. It is not just us. This is a community-centered event,” Allison Bui, a fourth-year in comparative studies and president of Delta Phi Lambda, said.
The event will also include performances from 5 to 6 p.m. by Daebak, a vocal performance organization specializing in East Asian music, and Alpha Psi Lambda. There will also be a magic show.
Part of the event’s proceeds will go to Days for Girls, a nonprofit organization that works internationally to increase access to menstrual care and education, as wells as to shatter stigmas for women and girls, according to the organization’s website.
“By providing products, they encourage girls to go to school instead of staying home and we strongly support promoting education in young women,” Bui said.
Delta Phi Lambda will charge $2 for a small plate of food and $4 for a medium plate. Bui said roughly 40 percent of the money raised will go to Days for Girls, with the rest of the proceeds going to future Delta Phi Lambda activities.
“I’m excited for the International Food Hall because it’s the biggest event for Delta Phi Lambda in the fall semester. We’ve spent a lot of time and work into planning for this event, and what better way is there to connect people together than food and performances?” Elena Zhan, a third-year in health science and Delta Phi Lambda vice president internal, said.
The International Food Hall will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Raney Bolder Room.