2023 Fall Feast at the Lal Carbon Center

Group photo of Lal Carbon Center members. Photo courtesy João Carlos Sá.

By Hannah Shively

The Lal Carbon Center hosted their faculty, staff, researchers, and students for a Fall Feast Potluck to celebrate the season. Though space was somewhat limited in our new room, Center members brought their favorite Fall dish to share with the group. There was a diverse spread of cuisine that came from the cultures and traditions of all Carbon Paper leaves with messages of gratitude.Center attendees. Some of the savory dishes that were brought included lentil soup, vegetable dal, salmon and spinach pinwheels, rice biryani, dal makhani, and pasta salad. For dessert, we had a delicious spread that included a tres leches cake, pumpkin pie, and a traditional German cake called Christstollen. It was a wonderful event that filled our stomachs and our minds! As we ate, everyone shared the Fall holiday traditions that they do with their families and friends back home. It was lovely to hear about the traditions that our colleagues grew up with. We learned about the Fall celebrations that take place in Brazil, India, Japan, Germany, as well as different states throughout the USA! We also shared what we are most thankful for on colorful leaf cutouts that were spread across the tables.