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Join us in celebrating cultural diversity and connecting with friends from all over the world!

One of the best ways to experience a culture is through its authentic cuisine. Global Connections’ Cultural Luncheon series allows local community members to do just that. At each Cultural Luncheon, international volunteers generously donate their time and talents to prepare and share a full lunch buffet along with a cultural presentation of the rich food, traditions, and history of a foreign country or region. Guests enjoy a taste—literally and figuratively!—of the featured culture and broaden their experience by engaging all five senses.

Attend a Cultural Luncheon

If you are a local resident looking to expand your palate and enrich your cultural understanding, come to our Cultural Luncheons as a guest during the Penn State Fall and Spring semesters. To receive notifications about Cultural Luncheons coming up, please contact us to add your name to our email list. For information on all upcoming events, please “like” the Global Connections Facebook page, and check our home page.

Volunteer as a Cultural Luncheon Chef

If you enjoy cooking, you will find that volunteering at Cultural Luncheons offers one of the best communal cooking experiences! If you are an international community member (resident, student, visitor, etc.) Cultural Luncheons serve as a fantastic platform to showcase and share your home cuisine and culture with the broader community. Contact us and let us know your interest in volunteering.

Past Cultural Luncheons

Please see below for past Cultural Luncheon themes, chefs, and presenters.

September 21, 2016: Colombia, Guest chef: Milena Zamora, Presenter: Giovanni Jimenez, Musical Guests: La Piragua

March 8, 2017: South Korea, Guest chef: Ivy Jung, Presenter: JungJu Sung

April 8, 2017: Indian Sikhism, Guest chef: Inder Pratap, Presenter: Kritika Bedi

October 7, 2015: Nigeria, Guest chef & presenter: Visiting Scholar, Dr. Subuola Fasoyiro 

December 2, 2015: Belize & El Salvador, Guest chefs & presenters: Humphrey Fellows, Gaspari Cordova and Flor Olivares 

February 3, 2016: Iran, Guest chef & presenter: Humphrey Fellow, Amir Abbas Dehghan 

March 30, 2016: Mexico, Guest chef & presenter: Humphrey Fellow, Humberto Carro

October 15, 2014: Sudan, Guest chef & presenter: Humphrey Fellow, Ms. Yosra Abdelkarim

December 3, 2014: Turkey, Guest chef & presenter: Visiting Scholar, Dr. Belma Tuğrul

February 4, 2015: Germany, Presenter: Global Connections intern, Clara Hensel; Guests chefs, Anke Linz and Katrin Coffin

April 22, 2015: Kazakhstan, Guest chef & presenter: Visiting Scholar, Dr. Zhailagul Sagyndykova


Presentation from the December 3, 2014 Turkish Cultural Lunch

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