Tasty multicultural fare at St. Jean de Brebeuf high school

News May 19, 2017 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

For Reham Al Akidi and Milad Darrouj, it was a delicious way to show their culture to other students at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic high school.

The two students prepared dishes from their homelands as part of the school’s eighth annual ESL Culturefest on May 17.

Eighteen-year-old Al Akidi, who is originally from Lebanon, prepared chicken biryani, a mixture of chicken, rice and spices.

“It’s a family recipe,” said the Grade 12-plus student, who watched as other students spooned the food onto their plates. “A lot of people learn about our culture too.”

Darrouj, who comes from Syria, said he learned to make dolma, another popular Middle East dish, at home.

“It’s a mix of rice with zucchini, tomato, onion and green pepper,” he said.

For $6 staff and students had the opportunity to try a variety of international cuisine in the school cafeteria.

“Eight years ago it started as a pot luck in our class where the students brought in international dishes to share with teachers and administration,” said Enza Desimone-Maftali, ESL teacher at Brebeuf and event supervisor. “Then they decided they wanted to share with the rest of their English-speaking peers.”

Desimone-Maftali said the students give her the recipe for the dish they want to make and she picks up the ingredients and the food is prepared in the school’s kitchen the previous day.

“It gives them an opportunity to basically integrate with the greater student population,” Desimone-Maftali said.

Cecilia Carducci, a student success teacher at Brebeuf, noted the east Mountain high school features students from 48 countries and the event, which includes a variety of international music and dancing, is also a matter of pride for the students.

“And the food is fantastic,” she said.



Tasty multicultural fare at St. Jean de Brebeuf high school

Students celebrate 8th annual ESL Culturefest

News May 19, 2017 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

For Reham Al Akidi and Milad Darrouj, it was a delicious way to show their culture to other students at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic high school.

The two students prepared dishes from their homelands as part of the school’s eighth annual ESL Culturefest on May 17.

Eighteen-year-old Al Akidi, who is originally from Lebanon, prepared chicken biryani, a mixture of chicken, rice and spices.

“It’s a family recipe,” said the Grade 12-plus student, who watched as other students spooned the food onto their plates. “A lot of people learn about our culture too.”

Darrouj, who comes from Syria, said he learned to make dolma, another popular Middle East dish, at home.

“It’s a mix of rice with zucchini, tomato, onion and green pepper,” he said.

For $6 staff and students had the opportunity to try a variety of international cuisine in the school cafeteria.

“Eight years ago it started as a pot luck in our class where the students brought in international dishes to share with teachers and administration,” said Enza Desimone-Maftali, ESL teacher at Brebeuf and event supervisor. “Then they decided they wanted to share with the rest of their English-speaking peers.”

Desimone-Maftali said the students give her the recipe for the dish they want to make and she picks up the ingredients and the food is prepared in the school’s kitchen the previous day.

“It gives them an opportunity to basically integrate with the greater student population,” Desimone-Maftali said.

Cecilia Carducci, a student success teacher at Brebeuf, noted the east Mountain high school features students from 48 countries and the event, which includes a variety of international music and dancing, is also a matter of pride for the students.

“And the food is fantastic,” she said.



Tasty multicultural fare at St. Jean de Brebeuf high school

Students celebrate 8th annual ESL Culturefest

News May 19, 2017 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

For Reham Al Akidi and Milad Darrouj, it was a delicious way to show their culture to other students at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic high school.

The two students prepared dishes from their homelands as part of the school’s eighth annual ESL Culturefest on May 17.

Eighteen-year-old Al Akidi, who is originally from Lebanon, prepared chicken biryani, a mixture of chicken, rice and spices.

“It’s a family recipe,” said the Grade 12-plus student, who watched as other students spooned the food onto their plates. “A lot of people learn about our culture too.”

Darrouj, who comes from Syria, said he learned to make dolma, another popular Middle East dish, at home.

“It’s a mix of rice with zucchini, tomato, onion and green pepper,” he said.

For $6 staff and students had the opportunity to try a variety of international cuisine in the school cafeteria.

“Eight years ago it started as a pot luck in our class where the students brought in international dishes to share with teachers and administration,” said Enza Desimone-Maftali, ESL teacher at Brebeuf and event supervisor. “Then they decided they wanted to share with the rest of their English-speaking peers.”

Desimone-Maftali said the students give her the recipe for the dish they want to make and she picks up the ingredients and the food is prepared in the school’s kitchen the previous day.

“It gives them an opportunity to basically integrate with the greater student population,” Desimone-Maftali said.

Cecilia Carducci, a student success teacher at Brebeuf, noted the east Mountain high school features students from 48 countries and the event, which includes a variety of international music and dancing, is also a matter of pride for the students.

“And the food is fantastic,” she said.