More than 200 Bishop’s students, parents, siblings, grandparents, faculty and staff enjoyed vast quantities of delicious food from around the world at the annual international potluck dinner on Friday, Oct. 25. The Global Education-sponsored event provides an opportunity for new families to gather together and feel part of the wider school community.
Organized by Global Education parent volunteers Jamie Gover, Song Zhang, Laura Constantini, Bebe Barrett and Salini Bowen, festivities began with a food demonstration on the terrace from local caterer Thai Food Experience, making Thai spring rolls with rice paper. Mango and sweet sticky rice were available to sample while visiting musicians from Thailand studying on an exchange at the Thai Buddhist Temple in Escondido played traditional instruments.
Next, guests enjoyed appetizers from around the world - including sambusas from Africa and empanadas from South America - and viewed displays of Bishop's International Trips from past, present and future. Talented upper school musicians played Austrian music from the turn of the 19th century. A string quartet featured Eliana Petreikis '20, Vanessa Yang '21, Gavin Lee '21 and Novalyne Petreikis '23; the piano trio and duet included freshmen Aidan Kaplan, Natasha Mar, Crystal Li and Athena Hernandez. As always, the Dining Room was decorated with flags from around the world.
World Languages faculty Madame Garoute, Dr. Banta and Señora Torres-Worstell greeted everyone and blessed the food in French, Haitian Creole, ancient Latin and Greek, and Spanish. Director of Global Education Dr. David Moseley welcomed the guests as they eagerly tucked into the sumptuous entrees and side dishes that families shared, representing their heritage. There was an elegant traditional Thai dance for entertainment, and guests learned more about each other by answering ice-breaker questions at each table, and traced their ancestry using maps.
As folks served themselves from the dessert table and enjoyed coffee and tea, Dr. Moseley led an interactive quiz illustrating how truly international our community is. Many in attendance were born in another country or had parents or grandparents who born outside the United States. There were some guests who speak four languages fluently; a couple who had visited six of the seven continents (nobody had been to Antarctica!); and one Bishop's parent who has visited 44 countries. Dr. Moseley says he's visited 55!
Everyone who attended was entered into a free raffle; at the end of the evening, one lucky student, one parent and one faculty/staff member each had their names drawn, winning a huge gift basket full of international food and beverages donated by Global Education parent volunteers.
Many thanks to all involved in organizing this community event, and many thanks to all those who attended. Please join us next year for International Potluck Dinner!