Students sample ‘Feast from the East’

By Kenedy Navarro


Black History Month planners brought three food trucks on campus Thursday, Feb. 9, so students could sample a “Feast from the East.”

University of the Incarnate Word students lined up at the trucks normally serving on the historically black east side of town to taste free samples of their fixings.

“The purpose of this event is to bring local businesses that exist on the east side, so we can be in community with them and expose our students on campus to other dining outside of the university environment,” said Dr. Doshie Piper, an assistant professor in criminal justice at UIW. “And in the spirit of Black History Month we wanted to specifically reach out to minority-owned businesses.

The first truck was from The Devil is a Lie Barbeque and Catering. Lewis Harkless, owner of the Devil is a Lie, served choices of brisket, sausage and pulled pork on tortillas.

The second truck – the first to run out of food — featured Puerto Rican food from Cocina El Jibarazo.

The third truck was Ms. Arna’s Chew. She is known for her unique Southern soul food and seafood cuisines. She served the students gumbo, fried chicken, and fried shrimp.

Many students came out to the nearly two-hour event. Students sat at the tables talking to one another, listened to good music, and enjoyed the food. When looking around at the students, the event was more of an engagement that is part of the African American culture where everything happens around the table.

“It’s a win-win,” said the Rev. Dr. Trevor Alexander, Protestant chaplain for University Mission and Ministry and overseer of True Vine Church on the east side. “The students get to eat free. (They) get to taste some foods that they haven’t tasted before all just around them, that they may not have gotten to experience if they hadn’t just walked a little bit further off campus. So it has been a really good event.”


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