Dinner

Cuisine from some 30 different countries will be available for sampling at this Saturday's 15th Annual Roitary Club International Dinner at the Center for Rural Development.

Some countries get more snow than others. Doesn’t stop them from serving food.

Hence, the International Dinner, the popular one-of-a-kind smorgasbord held by the Rotary Club of Somerset-Pulaski County, will be held as scheduled this Saturday at The Center for Rural Development.

Approximately 30 different countries from around the world will have a taste of their native cuisine represented at the 15th annual event, featuring home-cooked food by local people.

Its organizers are impressed by how the dinner has grown in popularity over the years.“I think it was possibly half a dozen countries (when the event started),” said Christie Champlin Adams, Rotary Club President. “It’s just grown every year. To know it’s close to 30 now really is an amazing display of the cultures in Somerset.”

Every year, there are new additions to tantalize the tastebuds of regular attendees, and 2015 is no different. Parts of the world represented for the first time this year include Jordan, Portugal, and one more part of the United Kingdom — Wales.

Adams herself will be preparing the Welsh offerings, noting that her husband John’s family came to the New World from Wales long ago, and the two of them traveled there to visit that native land, giving her a familiarity with the country’s food.

Other countries represented include: Afghanistan, Argentina, China, Cuba, Egypt, England, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, India, Iran, Ireland, Kentucky/USA, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Scotland, South Korea, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Guatemala, Armenia, Italy, Canada, Uganda, Germany, and Russia.

 The above list is tentative and subject to possible late changes.

 On Thursday, Adams said that ticket sales are going “very well,” and while they expect to have some still available at the door, “it is best for people to call ahead and we can leave them at Will Call if we can’t get them delivered in time.”

Tickets at the door will be $60 each.

To reserve tickets in advance, call Adams at 606-416-0595. Tickets are also available for purchase at Evans, Harville, Atwell, & Co., CPAs, Cumberland Foot & Ankle, and First & Farmers Bank Main Office.

Money raised from the event is allocated between local community and international Rotary Club projects, notably the “End Polio Now” effort to achieve global eradication of the disease polio.

The dinner begins at 6 p.m. at The Center.

For more information, visit somersetrotaryclub.com.

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