Nearly 400 guests experienced a trip around the world during the Global Extravaganza hosted by MACOA at the 12th Annual International Tasting on Sunday, November 13th.  The afternoon featured cultural surprises, International cuisine, customs, and festive entertainment.  Tang’s Alterations served as the major sponsor for this benefit to support MACOA and Meals on Wheels!

There was a feast of gourmet dishes to satisfy every appetite with authentic cuisine featuring nearly 40 delicious food items ranging from various flavored sushi rolled on site, roast duck, poppy seed chicken casserole, bread pudding, Dutch cookies, sweet potato casserole, Lebanese hummus and pita chips, Thai Pad Thai, German Sausage and Kraut, Mediterranean stuffed rolled grape leaves, and Mexican chimichangas, rice, and beans cuisine, to name a few.

In addition to International flavors and spices, all enjoyed traditional garments, music and dance from a variety of countries and regions of the world. 17 performers graced the stage showcasing various art forms to include opera, Columbian Salsa, Chinese changing face art, Ramba, piano, cha cha, Indian Classical dance, and a Middle Eastern/American Fusion Fan Veil. 

This highly anticipated Global Extravaganza offered an authentic experience of Chinese calligraphy, traditional Chinese string instruments, art, tea ceremony, and guests even had an opportunity to wear Chinese cultural attire at the interactive station hosted by the AUM Confucius Institute- who was also a silver sponsor.  Other silver level sponsors for the International Tasting included Frazer UMC Older Adult Ministry, Hughes-Williams- Johnson, LLC, Renasant Bank, ServisFirst Bank, Southern Homes & Gardens, and Sweetours-Xiao Nan Yuan and there were seven additional bronze level sponsors as well.

As an added bonus, Southern Homes & Gardens offered a 20% discount for purchases made during the charity benefit.  International Tasting Committee Members Sue Groce (Co-Chair), Sieu Tang Wood (Co-Chair), Donna Marietta, Phyllis Fenn, and Chacolby Burns-Johnson were thrilled with the success of this exciting afternoon of International flavor, fellowship, and fun to benefit MACOA and Meals on Wheels for homebound Seniors in our community!  


Tang's Alterations

AUM Confucious Institute
Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church- Older (Senior) Adults Ministry
Hughes-Williams-Johnson, LLC
Renasant Bank
ServisFirst Bank
Southern Homes & Gardens

BBVA Compass Bank
Cathy Caddell
John & Joyce Caddell
Dr. Yawchin Ho
Pickwick Antiques
Drs. Yutueng and Chau Tsai-Regitar USA,Inc.
Mrs. & Mrs. Joseph Whitehead


International Tasting Surprises and Cuisine Marks Most Successful International Tasting


Over 400 guests gathered for an afternoon of International Cuisine, Fellowship, and surprises at Southern Homes and Gardens in support of MACOA and Meals On Wheels on Sunday, November 15th.  The 11th Annual International Tasting Co-Chaired by Sieu Tang Wood and Sue Groce with the help of dedicated committee members Chacolby Burns-Johnson, Phyllis Fenn, Julie Lopez, Donna Marietta, and Jerrianne Tucker created a festive afternoon for all to enjoy at this highly anticipated annual fundraiser.   

To date over $28,000 has been raised through this charity benefit to support MACOA and Meals On Wheels.  The committee has exceeded the $25,000 goal and marks the highest amount raised through this activity over its ten year history.  Thank you to our generous Sponsors which include Gold Sponsors Auburn Montgomery, Sieu Tang and Bill Wood, and Southern Homes and Gardens, Silver Sponsors AUM Confucius Institute, Cathy Caddell, Frazer UMC Older Adults Ministry, Hughes-Williams-Johnson, LLC, Jack Hawkins, Jr. - The Daniel Foundation, ServisFirst Bank, and Sweetour, Xiao Nan Yuan and Bronze Sponsors Anonymous, BBVA Compass Bank, Pickwick Antiques, and Renasant Bank.  

As mentioned by Sieu Tang Wood and Sue Groce through the years, we have learned, there is strength in numbers through Collective philanthropy with the gathering of like-minded individuals with the common cause of caring for seniors. As a group, we accomplish more if we work together helping our community, as well as our world, to be a better place. This charity benefit was a great example of that collaborative spirit.

The fundraiser featured entertainment that included ancient Chinese Changing Face Art, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, Sword, and Veil dances Ballroom dancing with the Rumba, West Coast Swing, Mambo, Tango, and Waltz Indian dancing, Opera, Singing of Classic Tunes, and Piano melodies.  The feast of International Cuisine included Japanese Sushi, Filipino Egg Rolls, Indian Curry Chicken & Rice, Korean Grilled Pork, German Sausage & Kraut, Sommer’s Place Squash Casserole, Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Spaghetti, Martha’s Place Collard Greens and Cornbread, King’s Table Signature Bread Pudding, Asia Bistro & Seafood Pad Thai & Fried Rice, Lebanese Hummus and Pita Chips, Vietnamese Pork and Potatoes, Assorted Desserts with Designs Debbie, Peggy McKinney’s Strawberry and Peanut Butter Fudge cupcakes, and Dutch cookies.

Sieu Tang Wood’s vision for International Tasting was to have a special event to raise awareness of seniors’ needs, ask for financial support for our seniors and give the donors something in return. The event has introduced various food, cultural activities to include tea ceremony, calligraphy, instrumentalists, music, clothing, and art. This year we had over 25 dishes and offerings represented at the International Tasting as we raised awareness and funding for our seniors. The growth of this event is a dream come true thanks to the donors, Board members, volunteers, and staff members who made it a success!