Xavier University Begins Third Year of Interfaith Food

September 9, 2010

On September 16, students at Xavier University will have the opportunity to learn about Thai culture, faith and food in their own dining hall.

From 4:30 - 8 pm in the Hoff Marketplace in the Cintas Center The Green Papaya (2942 Wasson Road in Oakley) will serve Thai cuisine. Sak Kertret & Sunee (Ta) Panichluechachai, husband & wife from Bangkok, worked with Hoff chef Tom Turnbull to create authentic noodles, curries, and stir-fries.

Rabbi Abie Ingber founded of the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University over 2 years ago to create and strengthen a sense of community among those of diverse faiths on the campus, in Cincinnati, and on the regional and national levels. The student-centered initiative allows for deepening of one’s own personal faith and enhances understanding of others’ traditions. Interfaith Community Engagement strives to be an example for collaborative efforts on campus and beyond, serving as a vehicle for the empowerment of the interfaith student community.

One of Ingber’s most enjoyable engagements has been Different Foods, Different Faiths, One Community. He invites ethnic restaurant owners to share their culture, background and foods to show that no matter where people come from, or what faith they practice, we are all very similar. The program is a collaboration of Xavier Dining Services, the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and Auxiliary Services. Previous meals have been provided by Dusmesh Indian Restaurant, Song Long Vietnamese Restaurant and Andy’s Mediterranean Grill. Xavier chefs learn how to prepare the dishes from the restaurant owners and together they prepare the dishes for the Xavier community. Ingber welcomes the students to the Hoff Marketplace and encourages them to try a new dish and learn about a new culture.