Trinity School students savor international flavors (w/video)
April 4, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Updated April 4, 2014 at 11:05 p.m.
Andre Azevedo, 9, eyed a familiar plate of food at Trinity Episcopal School's inaugural International Food Day.
Dried pieces of Brazilian meat lay on a table next to a Peruvian cheese plate inside the bustling Trinity Episcopal School cafeteria Friday afternoon.
"It feels good," Andre, a fourth-grader, said. "It's nice having food from home at school today."
More than 100 parents brought plates of food and volunteered to serve the private school students during their lunch periods.
The event was organized by Spanish teacher Martha Bentley, a native Peruvian who has taught at Trinity for the past 20 years.
"I thought it would be interesting to have a day celebrating heritage since we have so many different ethnicities at our school," Bentley said.
Dishes whose roots go back to Italy and Germany dominated the first entree buffet table. Indian and American dishes consumed another.
"This is a great opportunity for the kids to taste food they haven't been exposed to before," Bentley said.
Logan Meader, 10, took a bite out of the Brazilian beef prepared by Andre's mother.
He paused for a moment, savoring the salty, dry flavors.
"It's pretty good," Logan said.
Mary Jane Gonzales smiled as she watched her grandson, third-grader Elijah Gonzales, pile a plate full of American food.
"He went straight to desserts at first," Gonzales said.
Trinity Principal Mike Brown said the campus was also celebrating its 60th anniversary.
The school has seen a 73 percent increase in enrollment in the past year and expects to add additional classrooms at the second-grade and third-grade levels, Brown said.
Brown watched as another grade level shuffled into the cafeteria for its turn at the international plates.
"This is a great event embracing culture and celebrating the backgrounds of our students," Brown said. "We have fabulous parents. I'm not surprised to see how much of them got involved."