Dining and Drinking

Dinner group showcases Vietnamese food and culture

Dinner group showcases Vietnamese food and culture

Stefan Nguyen loves introducing Americans to Vietnamese food.

“One time I recommended a dish that had fish sauce,” he said of a friend who had never tried Vietnamese food. “So I made sure to tell her to try a little first before she went full on into it. I looked kind of scared when she started eating it — but she loved it.”

“I underestimated her palate and her sense of smell,” said Nguyen, who was born in Vietnam and came to the United States at age 13. “What I learned is that you can never underestimate people’s ability to explore or their willingness to try things.”

Every Friday night, Nguyen organizes a dinner at one of the many Vietnamese or Vietnamese fusion...

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