Atlanta, December 2, 2013 — Kennesaw State University’s Confucius Institute and The Ritz Carlton Atlanta premiered an “East Meet West” culinary tasting for invited guests and supporters of the institute at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Atlanta.
The culinary event featured Chef Bufeng Ji, a leading expert in Chinese culinary arts and food culture and Chef Xinguo Lu, a pioneer researcher in Chinese medicine and nutrition. Chef Julio Delgado, Executive Chef of Ritz Carlton, Atlanta, presented a menu of Latin cuisine with Chinese influence.
“This event is to bring people together through food and culture. We hope to make it an annual event,” said Dr. Barry Morris, Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Board Member of Confucius Institute, Kennesaw State University.
Invited guests for the evening were feted with sumptuous dishes prepared by the distinguished chefs. Among the dishes prepared for the evening included Yangzhou Fried Rice, Huaiyang Stewed Pork Meatballs, Gulao Cod Fish, Dry-Fried Shredded Beef, White Mushroom and Lotus Seed Soup, and Chrysanthemum Shaped Daikon Radish with Shredded Scallop Soup.
Chef Bufeng Ji has established a reputation worldwide for his expertise in Chinese food culture. He was the leading chef for the catering service at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Chef Xinguo Lu has been recognized as a “National Chinese Medicine Expert” by the China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Chef Delgado presented a series of tasty Latin American dishes included Coconut and Red Snapper Ceviche with Pine Nuts Croquant, Ripe Bananas with Spicy Oxtail and Cheddar Cheese, Fried Codfish and Plantains and Sofrto Sauce, and Guava Brazo Gitano with Sweet Avocado Cilantro Mousse.
Artistic performances of Chinese dance, GuZheng and Pipa were delivered by Lisa Chyn, Dier Wu, and Hui Zhang.
The Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University was established in September 2008, in collaboration with the Office of Chinese Language Council International and Yangzhou University in China. The Confucius Institute at KSU is one of the tastes growing among exclusive network of 500 such institutes in the world and was named as Confucius Institute of the Year in 2012.