Chocolate festival delights taste buds

By Danielle Feole
February 26, 2009

Shannon Keough

The International Club hosted the third annual chocolate festival in Founders Hall on Thursday, Feb. 12. Jennifer Gold, International Club advisor and Marta Skuza, president of the International Club, helped make this event possible.

This year, 17 countries were represented with chocolates and international teas. Students and faculty were eating chocolate cookies, wafers, crepes, candy bars and much more.

“The turn out was amazing. We had a great amount of support from faculty, staff and students,” Gold said.

Gold traveled to several places to bring a variety of chocolate to the event, including Russian markets for many European countries, Asian markets and Trader Joe’s for different chocolates including Irish and Canadian.

“This year my Venezuelan student, Patti, brought in chocolates from her country,” Gold said. “In the past, I’ve had students bring food and chocolates from the Phillippines, Poland, Dominican Republic and more.”

“In the club, we believe this is a really cool way of getting to know some other cultures and traditions,” junior history and political science major Skuza said.

The French crepe station with chocolates and strawberries seemed to keep guests eager and in line.

“While the event is always a big hit with the Cabrini community, I believe this year was bigger and better than ever,” Skuza said.

The International Club’s purpose for the festival is to bring cultural understanding, exposure to new things and to learn about our international students and other countries.

Gold also organizes a fall food festival every year with 15 different countries.

“It was a good break from classes and I got my caffeine fix for the day,” senior Spanish and secondary education major Rizwan Ishmail said.

“It’s chocolate, who can say no,” Gold said.

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