A visitor coming in the back door of Lund’s Hoehl Family Building at 50 Joy Drive on October 25th would have been greeted by the delicious smell of samosas frying coming through the vents from the New Horizons Education Program kitchen. It was the day of the 2nd annual Nepali Lunch hosted by NHEP students and staff to raise money for their enrichment and field trip fund. Last year’s event was so popular with those who came to enjoy Nepali food and so regretted by those who missed out, that the school decided to do it again.
The event was open to Lund staff members, trustees and invited community members. Guests could choose to dine in at the school and enjoy a poetry reading by NHEP students or take their meal to go. Some people even did both and took a to go meal to enjoy for dinner later!
On the menu were vegetable samosas, momos with spicy sauce, samosa soup and chai tea. The majority of the produce was donated by our friends at Intervale Community Farm. The NHEP students and teachers worked together to prepare the food and cook the day before the lunch and the morning of. There were vegetables to chop, samosas and momos to fold, soup to stir and chai tea to steep. It was a true team effort. Anyone who spent long enough observing the process or had business anywhere near NHEP was recruited and taught how to fold a momo. It is absolutely not as easy as our Nepali students make it look. They are true experts and were very generous about the efforts of their helpers.
The lunch attracted over 30 attendees and raised $330 for NHEP. The food was absolutely delicious and the chai tea was an especially big hit. Stay tuned to this blog to read more about the poems that the students read during lunch.