Wellesley Middle School families strolled from country to country without ever leaving the school cafeteria as they celebrated World Heritage Night. I jumped at the invitation to taste delicious, home-cooked food from about a dozen cultures, all while learning about each area highlighted. I admit to being most interested in the food, because some serious culinary chops were on display that night. Here’s a partial list of what I tried out/gorged myself on: empanadas, scallion pancakes, baklava, spanakopita, bruschetta, pizelles, boxty, yams, chapati, kimbap, ddeok, fried rice, shrimp and noodles, kugel, and tortillas. I drew the line at vegemite — sorry Australia.
Co-sponsors Fiske Elementary School and the World of Wellesley then invited everyone to the auditorium for performances from classical and folk dances to rhythmic music. The hope is that World Heritage Night will become a yearly event to which the entire community will be invited. If organizers go that route, I think they’re going to need a bigger venue, because I can’t imagine who would turn an invitation down to this event.