The Olive Tree
A Tapas Bar in Orono? Yes, indeed, thanks to the efforts of Kathleen March
(Modern Languages and Classics) and Friend’s Coordinator Gretchen Gfeller.
Fogler Library hosted a Tapas Bar on Thursday, January 26th from 4-6 p.m. in the
University Club. There was be a cash bar, and, just to make things interesting,
all the food was prepared by faculty volunteers. The idea originated with
Kathleen March as a way to show faculty support for the library.
Tapas come to us from Spain, where they have a long and colorful tradition. They can be as simple as olives and cheese or perhaps slices of omelet or stew. Tapeo - tapas bar hopping - is a wonderful custom which can take place from midday to just before the late Spanish dinner - for hours. True tapas are very much in the spirit of modern eating -- nibbling, grazing, enjoying a range of tastes and textures. The tapeador is the bar hopper sampling tapas as he/she goes, meeting friends along the way.
Good food and friendly conversation were certainly in evidence at Fogler as faculty, staff, and members of the local community enjoyed a wide variety of dishes. Participating faculty included: Ali Abedi, Lily Alavi, Liz Depoy, Stephen Gilson, Scott Johnson, Anastasia Kalea, Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, John Mahon, Kathleen March, Robert Rice, Maria del Carmen Sandweiss, Kathryn Slott, Touradj Solouki, and Maria Tijan-Wieck. The menu included Peruvian, Spanish, Greek, and Persian food. In talking about the event and the importance of showing support for the Library, March said, “We know how important Fogler is to the University of Maine and this is a way to demonstrate that support.” Those who missed this event will have a second chance to join in the fun. March and Gfeller are planning another evening of tapas bar hopping in April. Details can be found on the Friends web site: http://www.library.umaine.edu/friends/events.htm
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