In the late 1980s, I was a member of a college friend’s wedding party. While the wedding itself was largely uneventful, the rehearsal dinner proved anything but. The groom’s parents decided to hold the event at a swank hotel offering (then) cutting-edge fusion cuisine from the Pacific Rim.

Americans—especially younger generations—are embracing foreign cuisines such as Thai-style sesame peanut noodles. Black sesame seeds add color, flavor, and texture.The bride’s relatives—mostly from a small town in the Midwest—were appalled. In the place of steak, fried chicken, Jell-O salad, or any of the other familiar foods one would expect at such an occasion, the hote…

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