Latinos Unidos organizes “a taste of Latin America”


Bailey Maierson

Argentinean empanadas were just one of many dishes available at Sabor Latino.

Bailey Maierson, Staff Writer

Rollos de Guayaba (guava rolls), tembleque (Puerto Rican coconut pudding), cuñapes (cheese bread balls) and other customary Latin American dishes encompassed the Great Lawn on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Latinos Unidos organized Sabor Latino, or “a taste of Latin America,” featuring dishes from twelve different countries. The Unity Council board came up with the all-inclusive idea to focus on a different affinity group every month; Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage month.

“[There were] twelve Latin-American countries represented with small dishes ranging from appetizers to a full-course meal, desserts and beverages,” co-chair of Latinos Unidos Jackie Ferrufino said. “There [were] also small recipe cards so people [could] take a picture or ask a specific person how to make a dish.”

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Several countries from North, Central and South America were represented at the event.

Ferrufino’s ideal event was one that included the whole school and educated students about one of the twelve countries in an appealing and enjoyable way.

“We had a great turnout,” she said. “I am glad the student body enjoyed the food and had a good time listening to the cultural music.”

Initially, there were supposed to be tri-folds of information regarding each country, but Latinos Unidos created flags made out of paper instead to save time. The flags helped represent each dish’s country and allowed students to understand where the food they were eating derived from.

“I hope that a lot of people get to experience new cultures and learn about our food, and that they do not just come for the food,” Unity Council representative Lucas Pope said.

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Many students took time out of their lunch periods to sample the Latin American dishes.

Pope, a sophomore, also hopes that the Sabor Latino event encouraged students to read about Hispanic Heritage month and attend other festivals or events around the city.

Ferrufino hopes Sabor Latino will continue after she graduates.

“We are already working on ways to improve it for the upcoming year,” Ferrufino said. “We will definitely be doing this event again in the future.”

If you’d like to try some of the dishes from Sabor Latino, be sure to check out their list of recipes! Cookbook used with permission from Latinos Unidos.

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