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International street food coming to Portage College


ST. PAUL - Portage College students will once again be preparing foods for the public – this time from live action stations featuring an international menu.

On March 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the community can taste food from nine different countries: Austria, Japan, Vietnam, Peru, Greece, France, Italy, Korea, and the USA. Locals can either purchase individual tickets or can purchase a passport for $60 with 10 tickets.

The College recommends tickets be purchased in advance for the International Street Food event, due to a limited amount of tickets available. The event is hosted by the second-year food sciences students and is part of their curriculum for the International Foods portion of the program.

“We had numerous requests from the public to have an opportunity to enjoy the creations of our culinary students,” Food Sciences and Business Dean Bev Lockett said. “And events such as these provide an opportunity for the community to come out and show their support for these programs.”

The college’s Chef Instructors are always looking for new ways to provide students with an experiential learning experience, Lockett said.

“The International Street Food event allows students to experience the front and back end of the culinary world as well as provide an opportunity to interact with the customers, to talk about their dish, and to seek feedback from the public,” Lockett added.

While the International Street Foods event is one of the larger events taking place this year, other public events are slated to take place this semester.

Events include:

Feb 28 - Food and Beer pairing in collaboration with Lakeland Brewing Company

March 4 - A Taste of Japan lunch, which will be sold through Portage Market

March 6 - A Taste of Italy hosted in the hospitality training room

March 20 - A Taste of Germany/Austria lunch, which will be sold through the Portage Market

April 24 - Seafood Night held in the hospitality training room.

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