International Cook-Off Benefits Local Cause

Delectable desserts were on display as the Language Club recently sponsored an International dessert cook-off for a cause.

"We are transitioning and trying new things," said club co-president Natalie Allen '16 about the event. 

To enter into the cook-off, students paid a $2 entry fee, and to taste-test, students paid a $1 entry fee. That entry fee allowed students to sample as many desserts as they wanted.

In years past, the Language Club held bake sales during lunch with proceeds benefiting the Hispanic Ministry program at St. Mary's Church. Proceeds from this year's cook-off went to the same mission.

"Every year the club has sponsored two families during the holidays," shared language department chair Peg Regan. "Club members will purchase food, gift cards and buy gifts for kids. They will also make piñatas for a Christmas party at the church."

"It's great to give back," added club co-president Halle Mason '16. "We enjoy doing this, and it's good knowing others will get to enjoy the holidays."

Language Club Moderator Katie Harding said she was excited to see a great turnout at the inaugural cook-off.

"We had a lot of students cook Mexican, South American, and even German dishes," Harding said. "It's great to see students participating."

Two students who participated in the cook-off included Steven Jin '19 and David Chen ‘19.

"I enjoyed taking time to make the food and I am really happy to see people eat my food," expressed Chen, who made Chinese cookies and chocolate cakes.

"It was fun to be with other students and make something American," added Jin, who made pumpkin cupcakes.

Katie Jackson '17, who is taking Spanish 3 this year, also participated in the cook-off by making Brazilian brigadeiro.

"I love chocolate," Jackson said. "Even though it wasn't as easy to make as I thought it would be, I still had a lot of fun."

The Language Club co-presidents said this is an event they plan to do again next year.

"It's nice knowing this event helps the Hispanic Ministry," Allen said.

Mason added, "The one or two dollars to be a part of this event doesn't seem like much. But little by little, it adds up and it makes a big difference to local families."