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The Savory Side of El Salvador

UNA-GB’s Young Professionals came together last week for a taste of a rich and historical culture at the “Taste Of El Salvador” event.  Close to 30 young professionals gathered at Mi Pueblito restaurant in East Boston to learn about the culture, history and politics of the Central American country and enjoy an authentic Salvadoran three course meal complete with Salvadoran beverages.

The event welcomed a few special guests to share with the group some cultural background of El Salvador. The Consul General of El Salvador for New England, José Edgardo Alemán Molina, expressed through his diplomatic representation the hope and dreams of El Salvadorans both in their homeland and in communities around the US. As mentioned, Boston has one of the largest immigrant Salvadoran populations in the world.  “While I am not the mayor, I still feel it is appropriate for me to say: Welcome to East Boston”  the Consul General said, adding that 18% of the neighborhood’s population is Salvadoran, East Boston’s largest ethnic population.

Following the Consul General’s remarks was Ms. Zulma Romero, la Reina Carnaval de San Miguel Boston 2010-2011, who shared her experience as a Reina with the group.  A resident of Worcester, MA, Ms. Romero will compete with Reinas from around the world to earn the title of Carnaval Queen of The Carival de San Miguel, an important part of Salvadoran culture and the second largest Carnival in the world.

Also there to share experiences were a number of Returning Peace Corp Volunteers, who had served in El Salvador.  Joe Dizoglio, the coordinator of the evening’s Taste Of event and RPCV spoke about his experiences, and shared mementos and photos, as well as offered up extensive knowledge about the menu for the evening, which included pupusas, Carne Asada, and Empanadas as a few of the samplings (complete menu here).  It was a wonderful way to honor the more than two years of service and community building with the Salvadoran people.

The event was a success, through the sharing of the stories and cultural lessons from each of the presentations, and the incredible meal and discussion experienced among the young professionals.  Check out more pictures from this event now!

Stay tuned for more “Taste Of” and “On-Tap” events coming up! Every other month, the UNA-Greater Boston Young Professionals group meets for a “Taste Of” event at ethnic restaurants in the area to not only enjoy specialty dishes but also to increase awareness about other parts of the world.

-Nate Tassanari, YP Chair