Have you ever wanted to try food from around the world? Well, now you can! The Alfred State Potluck is a great way to get a chance to try foods from different cultures. All of the food is home cooked by students here at Alfred. Every last Friday of the month, the international club and kaleidoscope co host a potluck in the Student Leadership Center in room 401at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to cook and or attend. In order to cook, just give the International club a grocery list of the ingredients you need before the day of the potluck, and they will buy the ingredients for you. Then all you have to do is cook! There is also an opportunity to win prizes!
Cyan Corwine the International Student Coordinator, along with former international student and office assistant Yuki Isogawa, started the potluck in 2016. They wanted to bring the community together, and thought food is a great way to do so. The potluck was originally held at the St. Jude’s church at the bottom of the Alfred State campus. The reason for this was because of the school’s rules and regulations with food were not yet laid out. At this time, mostly only the members of the International club knew about it. Aces then moved the potluck on campus.
It is a great way to meet new people. Former president of the International club Juedy says; “The potluck gives me a chance to make new friends and to taste different dishes I may not have experienced up until that point. Everyone has a unique take on their dish and it allows people a form of expression. Also, just sitting in a confined area with all of your friends is very nice.”
For me, I always try to get there a little bit early. Since the potluck moved on campus, more people know about it, which means more people come. Sometimes the line gets so long, not everyone can fit in the room. Homemade FREE food always draws attention to college students. During this particular potluck, we started with a drum circle. Everyone joined together in a big circle and we did some activities on the drums. Not only did we learn about the African culture and the drums themselves, we learned about leadership and working together, and what it is to be a good leader.
Before the Potluck starts, the International says a few opening words. The people who cooked then gives a small explanation of their dish; what it is they have cooked, what ingredients they used, and where it is from. At this potluck there was homemade macaroni and cheese, Italian alfredo, a beef dish, a pork dish, and a fruit salad with marshmallows. Patiently and anxiously, we wait in line to get served. Once we got our food, we all sat and ate together sharing stories and laughs. While eating, slips of paper are passed around for people to vote on the top three dishes. The first place winner wins a 50 dollar visa gift card. Then the second and third place winners get a certificate.
The potluck is one of my favorite events to go to, to learn about different cultures, make new friends and to eat good food. It is so nice and relaxing, to see so many people from different places and backgrounds come together to share a meal.