Ethnic Food Fair Celebrates 20th Year

by WHIZ Reporter on January 13, 2012 at 5:33 am

Students from Zane State’s Culinary program prepared and presented some good food from around the world Friday.

The 20th annual Ethnic Food Fair was held at the campus center in Zanesville.
The event included Italian, French, Soul and Caribbean cuisines prepared under the direction of chef, Marco Adornetto.
Event-goers were served an entree, two sides and a desert as part of their $10 admission price.
Adornetto said students have to prepare for many months in order to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

"It started back in September, where the second-year students develop a menu, and they tweak it, because a lot of times you find recipes for 6-8 people," said Adornetto. "Well, we have to do 350 portions of each cuisine we’re doing or each entree or side dish or desert."

A tribute presentation took place honoring the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This year’s keynote speaker was Quiera Lige; a graduate student from the University of Cincinnati.
She spoke of the importance of remembering king for more than his "I Have a Dream" speech, and said Friday’s Ethnic Food Fair is a great example of Dr. King’s message in action.

"I think the most important thing is the inclusion of cultures," said Lige. "I think that’s something that Dr. King greatly believed in, and so by having the different various foods, we can be exposed a little bit to other people’s culture by meeting at a common table, such as the dinner table."

Some of the food served at this year’s event included barbecue pulled pork, and Cajun macaroni and cheese.