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Taste of New Orleans

November 1, 2005

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois Food and Culture Club and the department of dietetics, fashion merchandising and hospitality (DFMH) will host a night that will showcase New Orleans with history, food, culture, music and lectures.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the University Union Lamoine Room, where participants will have the chance to dine on traditional Cajun and Creole cuisine. The menu includes Creole onion soup, Louisiana sunburst salad, gumbo de monde, red beans and rice, corn bread and bread pudding.

Guests will listen to jazz performed by the WIU Jazz Combo. Richard Marsoun, a junior recreation, park and administration student from Rock Island, will discuss New Orleans, while Quiana Miller, a senior DFMH student from the 700 block of Trumbull Avenue in Chicago, and Joseph Wojowski, a junior French major from Homer Glen, will discuss the French language. Catherine Moore, a faculty member in foreign languages and literature will present study abroad opportunities, while Redine Herman, geography faculty member, will discuss the geographic impact of Hurricane Katrina.

The evening continues with Brittney Avery’s first-hand account of going through the evacuation of Hurricane Katrina. Avery, who is originally from Chicaog, was a student at Dillard University in New Orleans and had to evacuate. She is now freshman English major at Western. Gregory Pickett, a senior Board of Trustees student from Macomb, will recite original poetry and J.Q. Adams, educational and interdisciplinary studies professor, will present “Race, Class and Rita: Old Problems in a New Age.”

Participants may purchase a Food and Culture Club membership for $5. For more information on this program call the DFMH department at 309/298-1085.

Posted By: Darcie Shinberger (
Office of University Relations