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International Dinner Series 2018

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Delight in the taste and culture of countries around the world through the annual International Dinners Series at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The 2018 series highlights the Hmong, Cayman, and Zimbabwe cultures, and concludes with the International Dinner Finale.

The dinners are scheduled for Monday, March 5 (moved to Tuesday, March 6 due to weather), Monday, March 19, and Monday, March 26, with the finale on Wednesday, April 4. All dinners begin at 6 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For tickets and information, contact Rae French at 218-281-8339 ( Tickets are limited and a savings is available when purchasing tickets for the entire international students with rae frenchseries.

Individual tickets for adults: $20 for meals in March and $25 for the final International Dinner on April 4; Individual tickets for students: $10 meals in March; $15 for the final International Dinner in April; Series tickets: Complete ticket set for all 4 meals are $75 for adults; Students (18 and under) are $65.

These dinners are family friendly and a highlight for people interested in culture, musical entertainment and cuisine.

Monday, March 5 (moved to Tuesday, March 6 due to weather), “I am Hmong, so Where Am I Really From?” Featuring Henry Soung who is from St. Paul, Minn., and a senior majoring in communication; starting at 6 p.m.

Monday, March 19, Grand Cayman Islands, “Cayman Style: A Taste of Paradise,” featuring  April Ebanks-Agurci, a freshman majoring in elementary education would love to share a bit about retirement and tourism in the Caymans; starting at 6 p.m.

Monday, March 26, “Legends and Culture of Zimbabwe,” featuring presenter, Marshall Mbanga, a freshman majoring in information technology management.  He will share his love for his country and its legends and the world of soccer.; starting at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 4, Final International Dinner- starting at 5 p.m. with booth displays in the Northern Lights Lounge followed by the International Dinner and Show at 6 p.m. The dinner series concludes with dances, singing, instruments, and more. There will be booths on display, food from several countries, and international student performances. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The International Dinner Series is a longstanding tradition at the U of M Crookston and highlights the culture and cuisine of selected countries annually. To learn more about international programs, visit

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit

(Photo from 2017 International Dinner Series.)


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations


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