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TCS Culture Crawl 2013: A Recap

On a beautiful Friday evening, hoards of food-bearing students trooped their way to Sophia Gordon Hall for Tufts Culinary Society’s Culture Crawl . Cultural clubs were invited to cook up delicious cuisine, transforming SoGo into a crowded, multinational food festival.

…And crowded it was!

SoGo crammed with food-loving students

SoGo crammed with food-loving students

Within a few minutes, an empty albeit amazing smelling SoGo was completely filled. Students lined to receive ticket stubs, which could be used to sample dishes from the many cultures. Then, they navigated through the growing mob of bodies, expertly twisting and squeezing past bodies in search of the next yummy dish. Eyes were roaming, looking at other people’s plates and spying never-before-seen dishes like JCC*’s inari sushi (tofu skin), Armenian Club’s eetch (cooked with bulgur and tomatoes), or Hong Kong Student Associations’ pineapple pastries.

Armenian Club’s Lahmajun, dough with minced meat

Armenian Club’s Lahmajun, dough with minced meat

Russian Circle’s buttered bread with caviar

Russian Circle’s buttered bread with caviar

La Casa, Bayit, Armenian Club, Singapore Student Association

La Casa, Bayit, Armenian Club, Singapore Student Association

Students could enter and enjoy the food for free, which, in itself, is extremely attractive. But being able to savor yummy dishes made with devotion and care helped make Culture Crawl 2013 the chaotic sensation it was. By 7p.m., an hour after the doors opened to the Tufts population, many tables had finished serving the dishes they spent all day creating.

Some students brought their own flags, like those of Armenia, Singapore, Russia and Hong Kong

Some students brought their own flags, like those of Armenia, Singapore, Russia and Hong Kong

If there was ever any doubt that food could bring people together and deliver comfort to people missing a slice of home, today’s event set the record straight.

We would like to thank the participating clubs:

From Asian cultures, we have the Hong Kong Students Association, Japanese Culture Club, Singapore Students Association and Chinese Students Association, with fried rice (with meat and egg), yakisoba (fried noodles in sweet sauce), goreng pisang (deep-fried banana dish), and zha jiang mian (noodles with bean paste sauce).

Special-interest housing groups, namely the Chinese Language House, La Casa and the French House cooked glass noodles in sweet dark sauce, empanadas, and crepes respectively.

Other culture groups included Russian Circle, Italian Club and Bayit, with delectable Russian pancakes topped with condensed milk or jam, lasagna, and cinnamon challah.

Each group brought more than one dish to the table so while the above list of food is not exhaustive, we hope your tummy enjoyed traveling the world!

-Min Yi Tan

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