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Thursday, March 6, 2014

International Food Festival in Albany

I did an article recently about a Troy teaching assistant who gave a presentation about her father's journey from Nigeria. After about 45 minutes of interviewing her about her pride in Nigerian heritage, culture, and family, we got to the really good stuff - talking about Nigerian food.

And it was then that I realized that this area has no African restaurants to speak of. Yes, there are a couple Caribbean eateries but it's not the same. That'd be like saying all food in New York and New Mexico are the same. They're definitely not.

It was also then that I decided I need a little more international food in my life.

So, I'm extremely interested in an upcoming event being put on by the International Center of the Capital Region - their inaugural (I prefer "inaugural" to "first annual") TASTES which will be March 27 at the WAMC Linda on Central Avenue in Albany.

It will showcase food from around the world through the help of local, international chefs and restaurants. I'm not sure Nigerian food is on the menu, but it seems like a good variety. The list is below.

Tickets are $50, or $60 on the day of.

Mark your calendars and prepare for some international goodness!

From the release:
On Thursday, March 27th the International Center of the Capital Region in collaboration with WAMC will hold our First Annual International Food Tasting Event entitled TASTES of the World at the Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Avenue.

Area restaurants will provide sample-sized world cuisine, with food ranging from French and Indonesian, to Middle Eastern and Mediterranean. Many fine restaurants, area chefs and cultural/affinity groups will be participating.

Additionally several well-known NYS Vintners including Brotherhood, Dr. Frank and Hudson-Chatham, as well as Chatham Brewery will be present sharing samples.

Participating restaurants/chefs include: the Century House with Chef Michael, the Chocolate Gecko, Flavors of India with Chef Dalip Kapur, La Empanada Llama, Normanside Country Club with Executive Chef Kenneth Ruud, R&G Cheesemakers with Sean O’Connor, Terra with Chef Marvin Flowers, the Turkish Cultural Center, Yono’s with Executive Chef Yono Purnomo and Pastry Chef Joan Dembinski.

Tickets are available prior to March 27th for $50 by calling (518) 708-7608 and at the door on the day of the event for $60. Proceeds from the event to benefit the International Center. 


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