A feast of cultures at our tables

Food and how it's used to mark holidays, traditions or seasons help us cross regional and cultural divides. In the Twin Cities, we glimpse at a multitude of worlds, traditions and countries. (Top photo by Renee Jones Schneider) 

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Habib Abdi and Nafisa Mohamed fed each other some wedding cake before heading to the dance floor. The Somali wedding took place at the Safari Center with several hundred people in attendance until 4am.
As his nephew, Saiyan Ren, left, looks on, Sawanree Ren enjoys dim sum with his youngest son Jaxson, 5, at Mandarin Kitchen.
Venerable Seng Bun Sang put his hands on a case of beverages to bless them for the later meal as many visitors brought food offerings to the monks during the Cambodian New Year celebration at Watt Munisotaram Temple in Hampton, Minn. At his left is Venerable Moeng Sang.
Hanna Teklu prepares fresh roasted and ground coffee in her home. Coffee plays a pivotal role in the Ethiopian home as a formal way of welcoming guests on an important holiday.
Marilyn Carnes and Karin McComb enjoyed a meal at the Friday Fish Fry at Holy Family Maronite Catholic Church in Mendota Heights. They do not go to this church but they came for the famous Lebanese-style fish fry. McComb is holding traditional Lebanese flatbread. Most of the families are second or third generation Lebanese Americans.
Abdul Bsit Abuhamdi sharpens his knife between animals while performing halal slaughter at Geneva Meats.
Goats that have been halal slaughtered and stripped of their skin hang up at Geneva Meats.
Top row, from left: Desserts, rice topped with green beans in a tomato sauce, traditional Hmong Chicken Herb Soup (Thsuaj ray Qaib), Mexican corn.
A mariachi band plays at El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul.
Xochilt Arroyo Garcia, 7, left, Gina Arroyo Garcia, 6, and Evelyn Arroyo Gardcia, 5, found some shade and enjoyed some of the treats they purchased at the Cinco de Mayo festivities in St. Paul, MN.
Willie Abbott, middle, laughs after his grandson, Issac Abbott, told a joke in the kitchen as Jim Abbott, left, and Ted Long cooked at the Friday Fish Fry at Holy Family Maronite Catholic Church in Mendota Heights, Minn.
Linda Nordstrom served a woman at the Friday Fish Fry at Holy Family Maronite Catholic Church in Mendota Heights, Minn. The church is a Lebanese Catholic Church. Many of the families are second generation Lebanese Americans. It is one of the most popular Lent meals in the the Twin Cities.
Yee Lee held her grandson Keng Xiong as her daughter, Jouapag Lee, ate the traditional Hmong Chicken Herb Soup (Thsuaj ray Qaib) she made for her, in Little Canada, MN. The soup is made of holistic herbs including lemongrass and chicken from a local farmer.
As Yee Lee held her grandson Keng Xiong, she dished up the traditional Hmong Chicken Herb Soup (Thsuaj ray Qaib) for her daughter Jouapag Lee, in Little Canada.
Habib Abdi and Nafisa Mohamed took to the dance floor at their wedding. The Somali wedding took place at the Safari Center with several hundred people in attendance until 4am.