Foodbuzz 24×24: East Meets West

Dragon Boat Festival

Since moving to China we have been blown away by the kindness and hospitality we have been shown. In the short time that we have lived here, we feel like we have made many life-long friends. Now that we are settled into our apartment, we wanted to have our new friends over to celebrate good friendship and our new home. An East meets West celebration.

The stars couldn’t have aligned more perfectly for this event.  First, I was excited to have my idea chosen by Foodbuzz for this months 24×24*! Second, the weekend we chose for our party also happened to be a holiday weekend in China. So, in addition to celebrating friends and home, we were celebrating Dragon Boat Festival (Duānwǔ Jié 端午节)!
*Each month Foodbuzz showcases 24 food bloggers as they host a meal in the same 24 hours and blog about it on the same day.

My idea for the party was to create a fusion of American/Western dishes and Chinese/Eastern dishes. I supplied all of the Western dishes and, with the help of a friend, two of the Chinese dishes. I was also delighted when guests offered to bring traditional dishes. Here’s what we came up with! Full menu listed below the photos!

The Food:

The party

The guests – minus the two people who snuck past my camera!
Guests filling up their plates!
Happy to have been a part of his first chocolate chip cookie
Jesse being shown how to open the traditional Dragon Boat Festival dumpling – 粽子
Sneaking some fruit
Full bellies, enjoying the entertainment

The Menu

*These items were brought by my guests (and the translation may be rough!)

I think it’s pretty safe to say that the party was a big success! I can’t wait to host my next party!

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Heather Lynne

    What a cool event! I really like the concept and it looks like you had a lot of fun! Beautiful food pix as well.

    1. Jessica

      Thanks! We really did have a lot of fun!

  2. Krystal Regueiro

    What an awesome party and congrats on your first 24×24!!! Everything looks fantastic and looks like you guys had an awesome time!!

    1. Jessica

      Thanks, it was an awesome time, I am pretty sure I ate wayyyy too much!! This was actually my second 24×24 (the first was a while ago, last October!) 🙂

  3. Rachel

    How fun!!!

  4. Heather

    It looks like it was a wonderful party! The food looks wonderful and I love all of your pictures! I hope you continue to share your adventures while y’all are living in China 🙂

  5. Anonymous

    Food looks great, glad everything turned out well. I would love to have the recipe for the Spicy Cold Noodles. If you posted it tell me what category it is under or e-mail me at

    1. Jessica

      Recipe for the Spicy Cold Noodles is coming soon! (I'll bump it up in the queue to get posted sooner!)

  6. Eva @ Eva Bakes

    I love this idea! Looks like you had a fantastic party!

  7. Kelsey

    What a fun and delicious event! I am so glad things are working out so well for you in China!

  8. Foodie Stuntman

    Congratulations for being selected to host a foodbuzz 24X24 party!

  9. Jessica of My Baking Heart

    Love your 24×24 idea, Jess! Congrats on a successful party! 🙂

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