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International Institute’s Weekly Lunch Fosters Community While Featuring Immigrant Caterers

Vanilla, Chocolate, Pink and Yellow Conchas; cookies.
Alexis Moore | St. Louis Public Radio
Conchas and Cookies

For an hour and a half every Wednesday, the International Institute of St. Louis transforms into a restaurant. By partnering with a rotating list of local immigrant caterers, the institute continues its legacy of supporting immigrant and refugee populations. 

On July 24, La Fuente, a Mexican food caterer, was at the helm, featuring staples such as tamales and pan dulce. Common wisdom says come early, and it was clear why: One line formed, and then another, until much was sold out. 

A group in line at IISTL's Weekly Lunch
Credit Alexis Moore | St. Louis Public Radio
A group in line at IISTL's Weekly Lunch.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske sat down with Anna Crosslin, CEO of the International Institute, and Nadya Kanim, a business specialist there. They discussed the lunch, the institute’s efforts to support immigrants, and the bevy of cuisines on the menu (found on IISTL’s Facebook page prior to each lunch).

The conversation also included comments from several participants in last week’s lunch.

Listen here:

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What: IISTL Weekly Lunch
When: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday
Where: International Institute’s Hall of Nations (3401 Arsenal St, St. Louis, MO 63118)

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex HeuerEmily WoodburyEvie HemphillLara Hamdan and Alexis Moore. The engineer is Aaron Doerr and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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Alexis Moore was St. Louis Public Radio's production intern with St. Louis on the Air during the summer of 2019. Alexis completed her undergraduate education at Arizona State University, emphasizing in History and Film/Media Production. While there, she served as a writing tutor within Barrett, The Honors College and studied abroad at the University of Ghana.

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