An International luncheon and meeting a fellow blogger!

When Johanne @ French Gardener Dishes invited me to an International Women’s luncheon (Philadelphia chapter), I graciously accepted.  Johanne, a fellow Canadian and I met via the blogosphere.  She has a passion for the arts, a creative flair in the kitchen, in the garden and when entertaining.   We share a love of gardening, travel and food, so we immediately bonded.  We had tried to get together before to visit some local gardens, but it had not worked out, so this was a perfect opportunity to join her with her club members.  So why not I thought – I am International, I am woman (hear me roar), and I love food and culture, so you can imagine how much I was looking forward to this invitation and meeting a blogger friend for the first time.  Johanne was as fun-loving, worldly and warm as her posts portrayed, we both felt like we were old friends meeting up again after a long absence when in fact we had only just met.  We talked about blogging, Fiesta Fridays, food, gardens and more food 🙂  Do click on the link above to visit her blog and see how she incorporates food, art and entertainment in her artistic and expressive blog.

I had been to similar functions with a friend who also belongs to the International Women’s Club (Wilmington chapter), so I knew what to expect.  The purpose of the International Women’s Club is to welcome women of all cultures to the  area and to promote friendship, support and information about life in the United States for newcomers, but also to provide multi-cultural enrichment for the American members. The Wilmington chapter is rather large as it first started out when a lot of International Dupont employees were being temporarily transferred to this area where Dupont is headquartered.  The spouses were not able to work in the USA, so they formed a social group with all types of activities, lectures, coffee mornings, you could learn a language, practice tai-chi or even take a field trip to neighboring states.  The luncheons are pretty popular featuring an array of cuisines from around the world, some of the members attend with their native costumes.  There are a few events where the spouses are also invited.

Our hostess was German, her house was beautifully decorated for spring and Easter.  The countries represented were Japan, China, Latvia, Germany, Canada, India, Netherlands and others. It truly was a United Nations in session 🙂

 

An array of irresistible dishes to choose from

and lastly, but by no means least…… Johanne and I with our contributions to the luncheon.  Look at her beautifully plated Grilled Chicken Satay Skewers with Thai peanut sauce and my Pear and Cheese Tart.

Happy Easter all!

Linking up with Fiesta Friday #112 co-hosted by Natalie @ Kitchen, Uncorked and Hilda @ Along The Grapevine.

40 comments

  1. Loretta,
    I envy you getting to meet a fellow blogger! What fun it must be to finally meet face to face! Love all the pictures of the beautiful international luncheon and the hostess’s beautifully decorated home.
    your pear and cheese tart looks divine. I would love to have that recipe , if you don’t mind sharing.

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      1. Thanks Loretta. Yes we should surely meet. Happy Easter to you! Thank you for sending the recipe link again. Your tart looks awesome.

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    1. Awww thanks so much Julie. It was indeed quite special finally getting to meet someone out there from the blogging world, (she was real too) LOL! How about a field trip to Nebraska with some of your blogger buddies? I know I’ve never been there before 🙂

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      1. I would LOVE it if you made a field trip to Nebraska! We would have the time of our lives Loretta! I’ve thought of that before too. I met one blogger in Florida and we were fast friends and still chat all of the time.

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    1. Thanks Mimi, isn’t it amazing how we share so much with other bloggers, and not just about cooking and baking 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had a good Easter.

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  2. It was so wonderful to meet you Loretta! The warm International Women’s club members wrapped you in their welcoming embrace and were honored to have you join us. It is truly a small world and happy our blogosphere and real worlds merged on this beautiful spring day. I could not help thinking about the events in Brussels on the day of our meeting and how the International Women’s clubs throughout the world foster acceptance of cultural differences while celebrating and honoring diversity.

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    1. Thanks Johanne, and thank you for inviting me. I felt quite at home with everyone there 🙂 These clubs truly foster cultural differences don’t they? If only this were the case around the world, it would be a much happier place. I hope you enjoyed Easter with your family. Looking forward to meeting up at Chanticleer. 🙂

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  3. The international setting with all the delicious international food must have been an ideal place for the two of you to meet in person. Your dishes look superb and thank you for representing your country so well!

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    1. Thanks Judi, yes it was wonderful, and such a great setting where we both got to enjoy some wonderful food and entertaining. I hope you enjoyed a great Easter Sunday.

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    1. Thank you Teresa, a great luncheon for sure, and even better meeting so many different nationalities under one roof. It was pretty special meeting a fellow blogger for the first time too 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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