Rotarian takes diners on foodie tour at holiday party

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A culinary world tour highlighted the annual holiday party by past Rotary International District 3340 Governor. Premprecha Dibbayawan.

In a new venue this year at the Redemptorist Vocational School for Persons with Disabilities, the Dec. 28 party co-organized by Premprecha’s friend Ron Small drew a large number of guests.

Ron Small (left), Premprecha Dibbayawan (center) and Father Michael.
Ron Small (left), Premprecha Dibbayawan (center) and Father Michael.

Father Ray Foundation executives Rev. Michael Picharn Jaiseri and Rev. Peter Pattarapong Sriworakul welcomed all the guests and introduced the homemade meal, which was served individually instead of via the usual buffet.

Father Michael introduces Father Peter, president of the Father Ray Foundation.
Father Michael introduces Father Peter, president of the Father Ray Foundation.

Jaiseri said he wanted to take the guests on a journey around the world. Thus, the cream soup was French and the gazpacho was Spanish. Eastern Europe was chosen for the second dish: Russian eggs. The main entrée brought the guests to Italy with a Florentine chicken breast. Only the fruit dessert was from Thailand.

Martin Brands (right) explains details about the antique painting while Prem listens.
Martin Brands (right) explains details about the antique painting while Prem listens.

The guests thanked their hosts by buying lots of raffle tickets, so many that Rotarian Martin Brands gave many of his tickets for free to the school so they could be raffled off again.

Father Michael introduces Manit Intharapim, a long time resident of the Redemptorist Center, who is now a successful programmer with his own company.
Father Michael introduces Manit Intharapim, a long time resident of the Redemptorist Center, who is now a successful programmer with his own company.

Among the prizes were freshwater pearls, fans, a rice cooker, vases, two old paintings and more.

A Christmas song sang by all the guests together ended the event.

The mood at the Christmas Party.
The mood at the Christmas Party.

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