Stu­dents eat their way through down­town

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Stu­dents from chippewa Sec­ondary School’s travel and tourism class took a walk­ing cul­tural food tour of down­town North bay thurs­day. their mis­sion was to ex­plore cul­ture through vis­its to a few North bay es­tab­lish­ments that spe­cial­ize in bring­ing in­ter­na­tional culi­nary of­fer­ings to the city.

Over the course of the day, they vis­ited the food bank, Mr. Pan­cho’s Mex­i­can restau­rant and dave’s green Pa­paya. they walked all over the city and, thanks to their hosts, learned about the cul­tural back­ground of many of the dishes they were served, in­clud­ing com­mon ways of cook­ing and pre­par­ing food in each cul­ture, and the in­flu­ence of ge­og­ra­phy on food.

their first stop was arugula restau­rant, where stu­dents tasted au­then­tic Ital­ian pizza and were told about the im­por­tance of us­ing qual­ity in­gre­di­ents, as well as the story be­hind arugula’s pizza oven and why it was im­por­tant to fly in a pizza-oven builder straight Italy.

arugula also in­spired the stu­dents to make do­na­tions to the North bay Food bank by of­fer­ing them com­pli­men­tary and plen­ti­ful pizza in re­turn for their do­na­tions.

at their sec­ond stop, stu­dents feasted their way through a trio of sam­ples from Mr. Pan­cho’s Mex­i­can restau­rant. they tasted hot corn tor­tillas, au­then­tic tacos and co­chinita pi­bil tor­tas. they even had a chance to test their brav­ery by sam­pling a few house hot sauces.

the stu­dents also en­joyed a stop at dave’s green Pa­paya, where they were served uniquely asian foods, in­clud­ing spring rolls, gen­eral tao chicken and pad thai with rice noo­dles. It was here where they had a chance to try us­ing chop­sticks while en­joy­ing their cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence.

“the best way to ex­plore a cul­ture is through its food,” be­lieves world stud­ies teacher Mike bris­son, “and we’d like to thank all the es­tab­lish­ments that our stu­dents vis­ited to­day for of­fer­ing them a chance to try new and won­der­ful flavours, to learn about dif­fer­ent cul­tures, and to be­come in­volved in our di­verse cul­tural com­mu­nity.”

PHOTO By Mike BRIS­SON

Stu­dents from Chippewa Sec­ondary Schoolâäôs travel and tourism class en­joy hot corn tor­tillas, au­then­tic tacos and co­chinita pi­bil tor­tas at Mr. Pan­cho’s Mex­i­can Restau­rant in North Bay.

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