AMHERST – Amherst’s cuisine will be getting a little more diverse April 20. The Cumberland County Museum and Archives is hosting a fundraiser, a multicultural buffet dinner.
“We’re only selling 30 (tickets),” said curator Diane Shaw.
The menu features everything from sushi to perogies, and tabouli to agi de polo (we had to look it up: Peruvian spicy creamed chicken). Tickets are $35 and the meal is being held at the museum.
The idea of a multicultural meal was suggested by a person in the community who had attended a multicultural tasting at First Baptist Church.
“Obviously, it was very popular,” said Shaw.
The small scale of the museum’s event is a way of testing the water. The Four Fathers Dinner, held in September at the Lions Den, is a bigger event. But even the comparatively small amount of money this meal will raise is welcome, according to the curator: the museum needs to make a contribution to the wages of students who will work there this summer.
The food is being prepared and donated by people in the community – people like Mary Adshade.
Adshade’s contribution will reflect homegrown Cumberland County tastes: blueberry sauce and homemade ice cream.
“I’m making at least three quarts of ice cream,” she said.
What surprises people trying homemade ice cream for the first time is the richness of it, according to the cook. The blueberry sauce is being made out of five pounds of the fruit handpicked by grower Fred Black, with a bit of cinnamon for extra flavor.
Shaw said she expects tickets will be purchased by people familiar with different cuisines as well as people who haven’t been exposed to some of the food being offered.
“We’re a smaller region… so hopefully this will give us all… the opportunity to try it,” she said.
Musical entertainment will be provided by 13-year old Issy Purdy, who plays violin – classical and Maritime fiddling. The dinner runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and tickets are available at the museum and Mansours Menswear.