International Dinner Series Kicks off Sept. 12 with European Feast

Public Invited to Culinary Journey
at Panther Dining Hall

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Tech’s innovative and popular International Dinner Series begins Sept. 12 with a first-ever menu of dishes from Hungary, the Czech Republic and other Eastern and Central European locales.

The series will feature authentic foods from Africa, the Caribbean, China, India and elsewhere each month and culminate with a Mother’s Day Brunch Around the World on May 10, 2020.

Launched in 2014 by the university’s Campus Dining Services Director Tom Stewart and Chef de Cuisine Jon Skoviera, the series features buffet-style dinners offering authentic foods from different regions and countries. To ensure authenticity, each food is tasted, tested and approved by Florida Tech students and staff from the country or region featured that month.

All dinners are on Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Panther Dining Hall and cost $16.50 per person. The Mother’s Day Brunch is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Central and Eastern Europe meal will feature gulyas, a traditional Hungarian goulash featuring slow simmered beef, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes with paprika and caraway; the Russian fish soup known as ukha with potatoes, carrots, fresh dill and sour cream; haluski, a dish from the Czech Republic with smoked sausage, cabbage and noodles; and other dishes, including several vegetarian options. Desserts will include apple strudel, black forest cake and Russian tea cookies.

Here is the rest of the schedule for the International Dinner Series:

  • Oct. 10: Africa
  • Nov. 14: Caribbean
  • Jan. 30: China
  • Feb. 27: India
  • March 26: Latin & South America
  • Sunday, May 10: Mother’s Day Brunch Around the World

In addition to the foods, there will be related educational materials posted in the dining hall and, at some meals, entertainment from the country or region that developed the cuisine.

Panther Dining Hall, 3113 Panther Place, is just south of the Clemente Center on the Florida Tech campus in Melbourne. Visitor parking is free on the first floor of the parking garage behind the dining hall.

Click here for a campus map highlighting Panther Dining Hall.

For more information, call 321-674-8040 or visit the International Dining Series page at


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