Phi Alpha Theta holds first International Lunch Express event to raise funds

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Members of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, serve an Oktoberfest menu at their International Lunch Express. Pro- ceeds from the sale will go towards funding a trip to the Renaissance Fair in Charlotte, NC.

Megan Ogiltree, Staff Writer

The Francis Marion University chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society held their first International Lunch Express food sale of the year recently, and according to Phi Alpha Theta it was one of their most successful.

Philip Huber, the president for Phi Alpha Theta and Dr. Christopher Kennedy, the Associate Professor of history and Phi Alpha Theta faculty advisor said they were very pleased with the success of Friday’s event. They were able to sell all of their food in only 90 minutes and raised $250.

“The food sale went really well. We sold out in record time,” Kennedy said.

The money raised at Friday’s food sale will help pay for hotel rooms for members of Phi Alpha Theta staying over at the Renaissance Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina. They will visit the Renaissance Fair on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28.

Members of Phi Alpha Theta said that the Renaissance Fair is one of the most exciting trips that they go on each year and they are very excited for the upcoming trip.

The food sale took place on Friday, Sept. 21, and featured an early Oktoberfest menu. Oktoberfest is a traditional fall festival that takes place during October in Munich, Germany. The Oktoberfest menu included bratwurst and German potato salad that Dr. Kennedy prepared. Bratwurst is a German pork sausage, and it has been a favorite at the Phi Alpha Theta food sales in previous years. Phi Alpha Theta members received many compliments on their Oktoberfest food at this month’s sale.

Phi Alpha Theta also sold BBQ, soda, water and a variety of desserts that were made by Phi Alpha Theta members.

The food sale took place in the Founders Hall (FH) breezeway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For only $5, students got their choice of a bratwurst or BBQ, with German potato salad, a drink and a dessert.

Phi Alpha Theta puts on the International Lunch Express food sales once a month. Each month they feature different international foods. Some foods that they have served at previous food sales include Moroccan chicken, Italian spaghetti, chicken bog and chili. Phi Alpha Theta has discovered that the more exotic the food, the more successful the food sale is.

The members of Phi Alpha Theta have made the decision to sell different international dishes each month to provide students at FMU with the opportunity to try foods that they have never experienced or heard of before.

The money raised from the monthly food sales helps pay for upcoming events for Phi Alpha Theta, as well as the snacks and refreshments provided for those who attend the monthly history lecture series that Phi Alpha Theta hosts.

“The money we raise here goes right back to Phi Alpha Theta students,” Kennedy said.

Dr. Kennedy started the food sales six years ago. The popularity of these food sales has grown over the years and become a very successful event for Phi Alpha Theta. The food is often in such high demand that they allow faculty to pre-order food if they would like.

The next International Lunch Express food sale will take place on Friday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the FH breezeway. Phi Alpha Theta is planning to feature Romanian dishes at this food sale.