Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Culture In The Classroom

Throughout my life, I’ve always loved learning about cultural and religious traditions that differ from my own. And now, as an aspiring wedding coordinator, one of my favorite things about meeting and interacting with soon-to-wed couples is learning all about their heritages and how they plan to tie these aspects into their wedding celebrations. So, as you can imagine, I was thrilled to take my latest wedding coordination course, which focused entirely on weddings of different faiths and cultures!

To keep things informative but fun, our instructor arranged for the last class to include a tasting of foods from around the world. Each student made and shared a favorite dish representing her own heritage, with one simple catch. It had to be a food that could be easily served during a wedding reception. As an Irish-Italian, there were tons of delicious options that initially came to mind, but in the end, I went with a tried and true, and relatively simple, recipe – bruschetta.


Not only is bruschetta incredibly tasty, but it’s also one of my favorite cocktail hour foods because it’s so easy to eat with your hands and is a great vegetarian option. All in all, I loved this class, especially since blending traditions when coordinating a wedding is now important to me for another reason. But I’ll save that announcement for next time…

What are your favorite cocktail hour foods, and what’s your favorite dish from your own culture?

(Photo Credit: Simply Recipies)

13 comments:

  1. LOVE bruschetta!! I am Italian/British so that would be my best choice too :) YUMMY!

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  2. I can't wait to hear your announcement! My favorite wedding appetizers are anything with cheese in them. Not really specific, but I'm not picky! My favorite dish from my culture (Lebanese) is probably kibbeh, a kind of "meat loaf" made with bulgar wheat and lamb.

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  3. We had bruschetta, too! Just make sure to say it correctly :)

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  4. Mmm, hungry now.
    Filipinos - I guess we'd use mini lumpias with a dipping sauce.

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  5. Yum! Sounds and looks amazing. Love it!

    My favorite is coconut shrimp!

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  6. Love bruschetta! What a great way to incorporate culture in a class! But now I'm curious about this announcement!

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  7. Love bruschetta! Other cocktail food I love - pigs in a blanket and chicken satay with peanut dipping sauce. One of my favorite cultural dishes (Polish) that could be served during cocktail hour are pierogi - potato filled dumplings, usually served with fried onions. Yum!

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  8. OO im wondering what your announcement is! Sounds like a great class. Glad you had fun with it. Looks like a yummy dish, very easy to eat, I love bruschetta! Thanks for the love on my page! <3

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  9. mmmm my husband and I adore bruschetta

    what a fun class!!!

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  10. gotta love bruschetta! Can't wait to hear your announcement!

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  11. Brusschetta is one of my favorite apps! I'm extremely Irish (like, only a handful of people on my mom's side in the last 500 years weren't Irish), so I guess the food I'd pick would be...anything with potatoes? Or something with whiskey, haha!

    Looking forward to hearing what your big announcement is!

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  12. Way to leave us hanging! Now I'm all excited about your announcement!

    I do love bruschetta and think it was a great choice for your class. And that class sounds like it would have been so much fun!

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