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!