Fall Food Innovation Center International Potluck

A cornucopia of vegetables


Faculty, Staff, Postdocs, Graduate Students and Undergraduate Students in Department of Food Science and Technology, Food Processing Center, FARRP, Nebraska Food for Health, NGMP, and NIC Business Center 


Friday, November 11 at 12:00-2:00 pm

Sharing Fall Traditions at 12:30 pm in FIC 111


Food served in FIC 103, Seating Available in FIC 111 and Student Lounge.

What is a potluck?

A potluck is a gathering where each guest contributes a dish of food that is shared by all and served buffet style. Drinks will be provided! 

What should I bring?

Please bring a dish of food that could feed 6-10 people. This is your opportunity to share your culture and show off your cooking skills. Can’t cook? That’s ok, bring something already prepared. It can be a starter/appetizer, main dish, side dish, vegetables, fruit, or dessert. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What will be available?
  • FIC 107 Kitchen will be available from 8:00 am-12:00 pm to prepare food
  • Refrigerator space in FIC 105
  • Slow cookers can be plugged in in FIC 103 or FIC 107
  • Plan to bring food, but need a serving dish? See Sara Roberts (sroberts14@unl.edu) to pick up a disposal pan and foil.
Sign-up to use FIC 107 Kitchen
  • FIC 107 Kitchen will be available from 8:00 am-12:00 pm to prepare food. 
  • Sign up at https://go.unl.edu/3abt
  • You must clean up the station after using it. Stations must be cleaned up by 3:00 pm.
  • You must hand wash, dry, and put away all dishes and utensils used in their designated space.
How can I help? Volunteer!
  • Sign up at https://go.unl.edu/3abt
  • We will need help before the event and throughout the day with set-up and decorations, serving food and drinks, and clean up.
What is “Sharing Fall Traditions”?

Around the world, there are harvest and fall celebrations (August-December). We are looking for volunteers to share a tradition or food they enjoy that their family or culture celebrate every fall to enrich cultural awareness. This is a five-minute presentation for each volunteer.

Some examples may include, but limited to:

  • Moon Festival – China, Taiwan, Vietnam (August/ September)
  • Homowo/ Yam Festival – Ghana, West Africa (August/ September)
  • Sukkoth/ Feast of Booths – Jewish (September/ October)
  • Oktoberfest – Germany (September/October)
  • Chuseok – Korea (September/ October)
  • Diwali – India (October/November)
  • Halloween – U.S., Scotland (October)
  • Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) – Mexico (November)
  • Thanksgiving – Canada (October), U.S. (November)
  • Loi (Loy) Krathong/ Yi Peng – Thailand (November)

What is the Thankful Tree?

Throughout the day or while you are waiting in line, we invite to fill out a piece of paper shaped in a leaf of something you are thankful for. Thankfulness or gratitude is a power positive force that impacts on physical health, emotional wellbeing, motivation, engagement and belonging.

Why do I have to label my food?

We will have simple labels to provide the title of the dish, who made it, and list meat ingredients, allergens, and/or dietary restrictions. This help people as the go through the Potluck buffet know what is available and what ingredients are the dishes.

If you want to fill out the food labels in advance, please use the attached form.

What about left over food and dishes?

Please plan to pick up your dishes and any leftover food by 2:30 pm. This will help with the clean-up. Leftover food not picked up may be disposed of because it will not keep over the weekend.