A Taste of Ethiopia: Culture, Food, and People

Every other year, the Corvallis Sister Cities Association-Gondar (CSCA-G) hosts an evening Ethiopian dinner, “A Taste of Ethiopia: Food, Culture, and People.”  The Ethiopian culture and food are shared with approximately 150+ guests who are welcomed with an Ethiopian shoulder-to-shoulder greeting and invited to enjoy the food, costumes, pictures, and information about the lives of Ethiopians both in their country and within the United States of America.

​Our most recent dinner in January 2020 consisted of a variety of dishes such as, misir wot (red lentils), tikel gomen (cabbage, carrots, potatoes), kik alicia wot (split pea), Sega wot (spicy beef) all served with injera bread, and prepared by are committed and skilled cook, Yodit (Judy) Tadesse (left) and her assisant,

In addition to the delicious meal, a short presentation was made describing recently completed and current work projects. In addition, guests can buy traditional Ethiopian items brought back from Gondar by members who have traveled there on projects. Several other partnering agencies and organizations provide displays and information about their work in Ethiopia as well.

Funds raised from these dinners support on-going educational projects and create supported relationships between our sister city, Gondar, and Corvallis that include:

  • encouraging visitors from Gondar to Corvallis and members and friends from Corvallis to Gondar.
  • funding and supplying teaching materials and classroom aides, curriculum textbooks, young adult books and early childhood readers for school libraries.
  • supporting additional training of teachers across the content areas specific to, but not limited to, computer technology, science, math and the arts.
  • promoting a growing “sister school ” relationship between our local schools in Gondar and Corvallis.
  • contributing to the creation of libraries in Gondar public schools, and training of librarians.

We especially thank the 30+ volunteers who organized this event and the youth from Mountain View Elementary School, Linus Pauling Middle School, University Scholars Student Association, OSU Center for Civic Engagement, and other students who shared their time and talents while enjoying the cultural dinner. We also thank local sponsors that include Safeway Foundation and Store on 53rd street, Fred Meyers, Trader Joe’s, Market of Choice, First Alternative Coop, Starbucks Coffee (downtown), Taylor Street Ovens, and First Congregational Church of Christ for their generous support and collaboration.

We sincerely appreciate the tremendous support of our community and interest in this cultural dinner and projects being sponsored in our sister city, Gondar, Ethiopia.  Please contact us if you’d like to join and share in this continuous exchange of ideas, expertise, and cultural experiences.

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Special Note:  The next “A Taste of Ethiopia” will be held in January, 2022. To be notified, please contact us.