At Hamden Hall, World Language Week isn’t just contained to the classrooms and theater. It also pervades the dining hall and adds a tasty component to the annual signature event.
The Festival of International Food kicks off Wednesday in the Lender Refectory with Val Bossie and her cuisine crew concentrating their culinary efforts on bringing a more global perspective to the lunch menu.
From Chinese to Mexican to traditional Americana, students, faculty, and staff will be treated to a veritable smorgasbord of delights starting today and continuing through the week.
"I’m not sure how long we’ve been doing this, but I think about 12 years,” said Val of the Food Festival. “We decide what countries we are going to celebrate based on what we think the students would like to experience in cuisine. This year we will celebrate the Chinese New Year, the USA, and Latin foods, all of which we know our students will enjoy.”
Each day’s food theme will also feature corresponding music.
Other campus-wide events coordinated by the World Language Department include films, the Middle School poster contest, a language-themed bake sale, and the World Language Assembly for Middle and Upper School students.
Hamden Hall's World Language Program starts in the Early Childhood classes with Mandarin Chinese taught in PreSchool through Grade 1 followed by Spanish in Grades 2 through 4, and Latin in Grades 5 and 6.