On the evening of Sat, Nov. 5, the Muhibbah Club hosted their annual international dessert sampler in the Jensen Dining Hall. This year the theme was "All Around the World." Campus and community members alike were in attendance as Muhibbah Club members treated them to a night full of entertainment, sweet treats and cultural experience.
This year's Muhibbah influenced by a popular U.S. game
The theme for this year’s sampler was inspired, in part, by a Monopoly game board, which reminded members of traveling through countries, and of the diverse cultures from which each member originated. The final decision, however, came when members realized that no matter what the theme, they were from "all around the world," and they wanted to effectively share their cultures with their audience.
Around the world with desserts
True to its name, the sampler featured desserts from five different nations, some more familiar in name than others. Incorporated into the menu were crêpes from France, toasted dry coconut from Ghana, churros from Mexico, ras malai from Pakistan and peanut and cinnamon filled pancakes from South Korea.
In addition to offering a taste of the cultures, Muhibbah members also performed and displayed traditional and popular dances, musical performances and poetry readings native to their countries. They offered their audience a chance to be involved, with the opportunity to share travel experiences they had. And at the end of the event, club members invited everyone to take part in a popular American dance, the Cupid Shuffle.
Nine countries were represented including South Korea, Pakistan, China, Armenia, Ghana, Mexico, France, Nepal and Thailand.
"The Muhibbah sampler was a great way to introduce different cultures and food to the Wilson community. At first I was apprehensive about trying new foods, but in the end, the desserts were tasty, despite the various and new flavors and textures," says attendee Elizabeth Boratenski ‘13.
Muhibbah’s main attraction dinner takes place in the spring semester.