Where can you go out to eat in Paris, Texas, and have your choice of food and drink from 11 different countries? The International Night of Charity (INoC), hosted by Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, is set for Saturday, November 12, 2016. This is the third year of the event, and it has grown each year, both in the numbers of countries represented and the dishes served.
“We have some wonderful and interesting dishes that will be prepared by our cooks this year,” said Glee Emmite, church member and food co-chair. “Some of our cooks even dress in native attire, which adds to the festiveness of the evening.”
Entrees, desserts and drink from 11 countries will be available all evening. The countries represented in this year’s event are Haiti, Italy, The Philippians, Mexico, Sweden, India, Honduras, France, Greece, Ireland and South America.
Event-goers can expect familiar dishes, such as beef burgundy, a hearty meat dish prepared by church member and French native Yvette Davis. She has made the popular entrée, which she serves over parsley potatoes, for all three years the INoC has been held.
Lesser-known, but no-less tasty, dishes will also be served. Daniela Leyva, who is originally from Honduras and also a church member, will make nacatamales, a traditional Christmastime food. People start making them four or five days before Christmas, and they are served and given as gifts throughout the Christmas season. They are made with pork and masa, a spiced corn-based filling, embellished with chickpeas, red bell peppers, green olives, capers and raisins and wrapped in plaintain leaves. The nacatamale comes from the mountainous region where Leyva grew up, but she will also serve plaintains from the coastal region of Honduras, so that people can get a taste of food from that area.
The fundraising event will be held in the OLV gymnasium on the church grounds beginning at 6:30 p.m. Silent and live auction items may be bid on throughout the evening, with a drawdown for a grand prize of a $4,000 travel voucher and second place prize of $500 gas card. There will also be a wine pull featuring foreign and domestic wines of varying price points.
Proceeds from the INoC will benefit the church and St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry, which feeds approximately 400 families a month and provides financial assistance to those in need.
Tickets, which are $75.00 apiece, may be purchased in the church office, located at 3200 Clarksville Street, online from the church website,www.olvparis.org, or from church members.