UNA-GB’s Young Professionals were eager to kick off the new year by coming together for the “Taste of Venezuela” to celebrate the unique cuisine and culture of the South American country. The evening combined the flavors, traditions, and hot political topics of Venezuela.
The night took place at Orinoco Kitchen in Harvard Square, their newest location of three. Everyone experienced a Venezuelan style three-course meal. Martha, the manager of Orinoco, was born and raised in Venezuela and was happy for us to sample some of her favorite dishes of home.
Special guest, Venezuelan Deputy Consul Ingrid Ramirez, got the conversation off to a quick start speaking about the food, culture, and traditions of Venezuelans. She entertained the group with a story about the most popular Venezuelan food, the “arepa”. Deputy Consul Ramirez then went into the upcoming presidential elections in Venezuela.
The diversity of the guests contributed their knowledge of and experience in other South American countries such as Columbia and Brazil. These viewpoints gave everyone more of a perspective by comparing countries.
Everyone took part in an interactive trivia game put together by Venezuelan, Nacy Lir. A few facts learned: Venezuela is the 6th largest nation in South America and the price of gas is the lowest in the world at $.19/gallon.
The Venezuela natives were impressed by the authenticity of the Orinoco’s food, including Asado Negro, Polvorosa de Pollo, and Quesillo. As a non-native, I was impressed by the taste too–I had Polvorosa de Pollo for the first time and would highly recommend it! All in all it was una noche de comida chevere – a night of great food!
Next month, the Young Professionals will be hosting “On Tap: Women’s History Month,” and discussing women’s rights issues on the international forefront on Wednesday, April 4. Also join us for our next Taste Of event to be scheduled in late Spring. Stay updated via twitter!