REXFORD — Eteannette Seymour served diversity for dinner Thursday night.
"We had foods from all over the world," said Seymour, of the long buffet table in place on the far side of the gymnasium at Glencliff Elementary School in Rexford. "We had Indian, Italian, Swedish, American, Canadian. We had chicken tiki masala, we had baked ziti, we had naan, Indian bread. We had canolis, pizza and tofu."
Seymour also had about 200 children and adults in the school, people who all participated in Glencliff's third annual multi-cultural pot luck dinner and book fair. Kids who normally love pizza on their plates also got the chance to love Swedish meatballs and spicy rice.
"I think it teaches them about other cultures and other values," added Seymour, an English as a new language teacher at Glencliff.
There were plenty of extras; kids tried drumming and met members of Niskayuna High School's Spanish and Chinese Clubs. They had the chance to try arts and crafts, look over favorite books and receive temporary mehndi skin art — a popular Indian style.
The reviews all were positive.
"It's fun and we get to meet a lot of friends," said Ranjani Subramanian of Niskayuna.
"We wanted to see what this was and how it was done, it's the first year for us in school," said Sri Ram Bagadapati. "My daughter just began in this school, we are quite excited to be here this evening."
Glenville's Nora LeVeillee, 11, a sixth-grader, enjoyed trying foods popular in other cultures. "But I don't really know the names," she said.