MACOA'S 14TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL TASTING
A FEAST A FLAVOR, FELLOWSHIP, AND FUNDRAISING
Customs, Culture, and Cuisines were the order of the day as MACOA celebrated the 14th Annual International Tasting with Presenting Sponsors Publix Charities and Wells Fargo! Gold Sponsors included Cathy Caddell & Charlie Warnke, John Caddell, and Tang’s Alterations, The festive afternoon of food and fellowship was held at perfect venue of Southern Homes & Gardens and featured over 40 gourmet dishes and items along with a spectacular showcase of cultural activities offered by the Auburn University Montgomery Confucius institute and the Alabama Education and Economic Partnership, a dozen entertainers, photo booth worthy of a passport stamp, and much more. Since the event fell on Veterans Day, we were proud to have Jr. ROTC Cadets from Sidney Lanier High School join us to open the program. The event set a record for fundraising at nearly $43,000 raised from the generosity of sponsors, the community, and partners.
Upon arrival, guests were offered a ride in the complimentary shuttle and as an added treat all had the opportunity to shop with an exclusive 20% discount as an added benefit for donors of this party with a purpose. The multicultural experience was an exploration as guests took a journey with tastes of flavorful food from around the world.
This culinary experience was once again one of a kind and was carefully planned and executed by the Committee Chairs, Sieu Tang Wood and Sue Groce, and Committee members, which included MACOA Board members Barbara Duke, Melissa Johnson, Andrea McCain, Esther Miller and MACOA staff members Donna Marietta, Executive Director, and Chacolby Burns-Johnson, Director of Development.
This global extravaganza was made possible through the generous support of dedicated partners and friends of MACOA, restaurants, caterers, volunteers, and performers! Over 400 guests attended this perfect blend of culture, customs, and cuisines. Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 10, 2019 as we look forward to hosting guests again next year for this special charity benefit for seniors!
2019 INTERNATIONAL TASTING
2018 INTERNATIONAL TASTING PRESENTING SPONSORS
Cathy Caddell and Charlie Warnke
Tang’s Alterations (Sieu Tang Wood and Bill Wood)
AEGIS-Michaud Properties, Inc.
Auburn University at Montgomery Confucius Institute
Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church Older Adult Ministry
Full Circle Holdings
Sweetours (Xiao Nan Yuan)
International Tasting Menu as of November 10, 2018
Items Are Subject To Change
Thank you to our generous donors for these delicious items!
Chicken Sherwerma- Adu Bustai Beef Sherwerma- Adu Bustai
Mini Chicken Salad Croissants- Chicken Salad Chick
Poppyseed Chicken Casserole- Derk’s Filet & Vine
Southern Collard Greens & Cornbread- Martha’s Place Squash Casserole- Sommer’s Place
Sweet Potato Casserole- Jan’s Beach House Grill
Cornbread Dressing with gravy and Cranberry Sauce- A Catered Affair
Jam and Pepper Jelly- Chicken & Sweets Southern Yard Bird
Salt Crispy Chicken- Mr. Chen Rest Sweet Rice/Fruit- Sufiya and Daisy
Biryani-Sufiya and Daisy Thai Curry- Sieu Tang Wood & Family Sushi- CJ Zhou
Roast Duck- Sieu Tang Wood & Family Chicken Noodle Rice- Kong Chang
Honey Chicken- East China Egg Rolls- Jaclyn & Kevin
Beef Bulgogi- So Gong Dong Tofu & BBQ Pork Bulgogi – So Gong Dong Tofu & BBQ
Kimbap/Gimbap- Alabama-Korea Education & Economic Parntership
German Sausage & Kraut- Sieu Tang Wood & Family
Rotelli Baked Pasta- Jim Weinstock
Vegetable Lasagna- Capital City Club
Fatoyers- Mary and Ed Sablia
Lebanese Hummus-Mary Cleland
Mini Chimichangas & Cheese Quesadillas- Cuco’s Mexican Café
Dessert Shooters- Designs by Debbie Signature Bread Pudding- The King’s Table Catering
Mini Peanut Butter Fudge Cakes- Peggy McKinney & Esther Miller Baklava- Taziki’s
Banana Pudding- Martha’s Place Dutch Cookies-Joy Skelton Flag Cake- Decadent Endings
Mango and Strawberry Italian Ice-Nancy’s Italian Ice
Assorted Cheesecakes- MACOA Assorted Cookies- MACOA
Holiday Punch- Sue Groce Peach Tea & Flavored Water- Chacolby Burns-Johnson
2018 Entertainment Line Up
Entertainment begins at 2:30 pm on the outside patio area
Limited seating is available
Mistress of Ceremony- Martha John Allison
Randy Allen- Keyboard
Presentation of Colors- Sidney Lanier High School Cadets
TSgt Samantha Marquette- National Anthem
Janice Young-Chinese Classical Dance
Alisa Taylor- How Great Thou Art
Nisha Rockwell- Indian Dance, Bharatanatyam
Larry Carter- MACOA Board of Directors Chairman
Donna Marietta- MACOA Executive Director
Alisa- God Bless USA
Janice Young & Steve Chamber-Rumba
SSgt. Felishia Franklin America The Beautiful
Minyeong "Eileen" Kim-Traditional Korean Dance
Suraiya- Bollywood Indian Dance
Cat Hall- God Bless America
FLAVOR, FEAST, AND FUN
COMING THIS FALL FOR THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL TASTING
2017 International Tasting Sponsors
Auburn University Montgomery Confucius Institute
Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church Older Adults Ministry
Full Circle Holdings
Southern Homes & Gardens
Sweetours, Xiao Nan Yuan
Trenholm State Community College
Dr. and Mrs. Yawchin & Jane Ho
Drs. Yutueng and Chau Tsai- Regitar USA, Inc.
Dr. and Mrs. Karl K & Brenda Stegall
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Whitehead Man & Fon Woo
CULTURE, CUSTOMS, AND CUISINES PROVIDES GLOBAL EXPERIENCE AT THE 12th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL TASTING
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!
THANK YOU TO OUR 12th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL TASTING SPONSORS!
AUM Confucious Institute
Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church- Older (Senior) Adults Ministry
Southern Homes & Gardens
BBVA Compass Bank
John & Joyce Caddell
Dr. Yawchin Ho
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!