If my species hibernated (12-hour naps don’t count), October would be the ideal time to start packing on an extra layer of warmth for the long winter sleep. Fortunately, we domesticated mammals don’t need any excuse to take full advantage of the weekly feeding frenzy known as the International Cottages’ Lawn Programs.
In case you have indeed been hibernating for the last few decades (or are new to the area), each Sunday at 2pm the 32 different cultures that compose the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages take turns hosting a weekly celebration of what makes their respective culture so distinctive.
And what can be more distinctive than food? (OK, the colorful costumes, music, dancing, and other lively performances featured at each Lawn Program provide a nice backdrop to all the edible treats.)
Take this Sunday, October 7, for example when the House of Spain will be serving a mammoth pan of paella, a traditional dish featuring my favorite food groups: chicken, seasoned rice, vegetables, and seafood. To complement this delectable dish will be ice cold lemonade and Spanish flamenco dancers.
The following two Sundays, the House of Czech and Slovak Republics (October 14) and the House of Turkey (October 21) bring their own unique brands of authentic singing, dancing, music, and, yes, food to the table.
The House of Scotland once again closes out October’s Lawn Program schedule on Sunday the 28th in recognition of the fact that Halloween originated from the Celtic festival of Samhain. Perhaps more importantly, meat pies and desserts, including the infamous “Death by Chocolate,” are on the menu.
While the Lawn Programs are always free to attend, there is a nominal charge for food and beverages—unless you go the scavenging-for-scraps route like I do.