He wanted to stress, however, that festival goers should plan to sample the dishes but not make a full meal out of it.
“This is a sampling, not a full meal,” he said. “It’s not a lunch. It’s a sampling and to come and talk to someone from a different country.”
This year, foods from Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and Slovakia will be represented — including a Chilean recipe Nasser’s grandmother is preparing — but Nasser also would like festival goers to try some additional foods from other countries, so she is seeking recipes from community members.
DACC’s culinary arts students prepared three dishes that were served at last year’s festival and could prepare some recipes submitted by community members this year.
“If we could have some other recipes from the community, that would be great,” she said. “Or maybe they could send us cultural or historical information about their country.”
Bello said he will bring a traditional Cuban dish prepared by his wife, Barbara.
“It will probably be black beans and rice because it’s really easy to make,” he said.
RECIPES SOUGHT Anyone with a recipe he or she would like to contribute to Danville Area Community College's International Food Festival on Thursday, Dec. 5, should contact Dawn Nasser at email@example.com or 443-8755.