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OJC Press Release ID: 2913

Monday, March 25, 2019

OJC to host 24th Annual International Food Night


The International Relations Office at Otero Junior College will host their 24th annual International Food Night on March 28 at 7 pm in the Rizzuto Banquet Room. The event is used to as the primary source of funding for scholarships awarded to international students.

“This year we will be doing something a little different with entertainment, as we have a kind of skit that runs throughout the night,” Chellie Wallace, international relations director, said. “We have already received some awesome donations so far, and we will have baskets for everyone!”

Dinner will be catered by Sodexo and provides a wide variety of foods to represent many of the home countries of OJC students. This year’s menu will feature:

Colombian style Empanadas | Dutch style Bitterballen (meatballs) | Chinese style Nai Lao Wang Dun (cheese wontons)

Main Dishes:
Cape Verde style Cachupa (sausage stew) | Korean style Kimchi-Bokkeumbap (spicy pickled cabbage fried rice) | Croatia style Sarma (stuffed cabbage roll)

Scottish style Tablet (sweet fudge like candy) | Italian style Tiramisu | Japanese style Dorayaki (sweet filled pancake)

Anouk van Noord, president of the International Relations Organization (IRO) will be performing at International Food Night for the second year. “This is an amazing event where we as internationals come together and share our culture and give back to the community who made far away feel like our second home,” van Noord said.

This year, van Noord, who came to OJC from the Netherlands to play volleyball, will be singing a Dutch song, accompanied by teammate, Ema Causevic, from Croatia on the ukulele. The IRO president is also an active member of the President’s Leadership Program.

A limited number of seats are still available for the event, those interested in registering can do so at According to Wallace, a waitlist will be kept once tickets are sold out in case of any cancelations.

For questions about International Food Night or the International Relations Organization, contact Wallace at 719-384-6805 or by email at


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Ruka Shimohata performs a traditional Korean dance at the 2018 International Food Night.