Feel Like a Nosh? Ethnosh Offers Culture and Community
If you find other cultures fascinating and you like trying new foods, you may want to head to a NoshUp! They are put on by Ethnosh. The Greensboro nonprofit organization is creating a dining craze and helping immigrant-owned businesses. The founders credit much of the organization's success to the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.
Paula Stober of Greensboro has been to five NoshUps.
“They've all been wonderful, quite different, and a great way to introduce everyone to different cuisines in town,” she said.
Once you understand the concept, the name Ethnosh makes perfect sense.
“They're able to smell the smells, and taste the food, and shake the hands of people from the other side of the world,” said Ethnosh co-director Donovan McKnight.
Ethnosh helps people become more socially integrated and culturally aware. According to McKnight, “We attract attention and bring patrons into immigrant-owned food businesses - that could be food trucks, restaurants, tiendas, markets, whole-sale bakeries.”
Lan Chen and his wife, Yoyo Lv, were happy to host a NoshUp at their restaurant, Captain Chen's Gourmet China.
“What we are trying to do here is to introduce authentic Chinese food into Greensboro," Lv said. "We feel like we are creating the history of Greensboro even a tiny little bit."
The event at Captain Chen’s Gourmet China was the 24th NoshUp event that Ethnosh has hosted. Since the very beginning, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro has made events like it possible.
“Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is not out front and trying to get the headlines on good projects that they endorse, but they are behind the scenes on almost every great thing that's happening in Greensboro in the nonprofit world,” said Luck Davidson, executive director of Triad Local First and co-director of Ethnosh.
Grants from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and other contributions have meant low costs for noshers.
“They helped us fund the very initial legal work we had to have done and some of the things that were expensive to get started," Davidson said. "They provided the funding for some of the things that aren't very glamorous about starting a non-profit organization."
If you are interested in attending, the cost is typically around five to eight dollars per NoshUp.