GREENSBURG – Two clubs from the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association collaborated to host International Night recently, where the country of Indonesia was the focus of the evening.
The Kitchen Kookies and the Twilighters are the two clubs responsible for this year’s International Night. The Daily News spoke with Kitchen Kookie Alice Woodhull to learn more about how the event came to be.
According to Woodhull, the clubs talked about the countries that were featured in previous events and considered who had traveled recently to other countries and could offer a unique perspective. While discussing possibilities for the event, Mayasari “Maya” Effendi, owner of Mayasari Indonesian Grill, was mentioned. In addition to being born and raised there, Effendi had traveled to her native country in February, making her an excellent choice as a guest speaker.
An in-depth perspective on the culture isn’t all Effendi had to offer though. As the owner of the only authentic Indonesian restaurant in the Midwest, Effendi was also able to provide the food for the gathering, introducing attendees to the cuisine of Indonesia. Previous events have featured countries like Japan, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and even Indonesia.
“This was nothing like what we learned then,” Woodhull said, adding that, as a foodaholic, eating the Indonesia cuisine was her favorite part of the evening.
The Homemakers also held a cultural arts contest, in which those competing crafted purses. Woodhull said the contest is held at International Night because winners go to the Home and Family Conference in June.
“Speaking for the Kitchen Kookies club, which I represent, we enjoyed working with the Twilighters and getting acquainted with those ladies. It was joy to work with them to plan this,” Woodhull said.
The Daily News also spoke with Effendi to learn about what she taught the Homemakers on International Night. She was thrilled to be asked to speak about her native country and to share the culture with people here in Greensburg.