I'd been told by those in the know that the best annual event at Darden — and believe me, there are plenty of events to contend with — is the International Food Festival.
If you know me, you know I could hardly wait.
Groups of international students (and some innovative types from, say, California or the South) cook up dishes from around the globe. The festival is a giant sampling event, more than you could ever try in one evening. It's amazing.
A ticket costs $15-$20 and includes all-you-can-fit-in-your-tummy, plus entertainment by students. (Think gorgeous Indian dances, hilarious mock Sumo wrestling, beautiful Argentinan folk music, etc. etc. — all under a festive white tent on a gorgeous autumn night.)
I caught a few pics before the sun went down and rendered all the culinary masterpieces into a blurry haze.
A delicious spicy rice dish from the African table ...
... fig tarts from the Wine and Cuisine Club ...
... cheese and fruit desserts from the Denmark table (right by the crepes from France) ...
... these were some of my favorites — a Japanese treat. These particular ones are tinted green because they are made with green tea. They remind me quite a bit of Parisian macaroons, only these are soft, like pancakes. Mmm.
My wonderful roommate also made a Chinese dish of tofu and beef, which I shall post soon. (Hopefully, with the recipe!)