Asian-themed fundraiser to fund student’s trip to China

Posted June 06, 2011, at 9:16 p.m.

CAMDEN — The Camden Harbour Inn and Natalie’s Restaurant will help Camden Hills Regional High School junior and Natalie’s part-time employee Ben Fernald fund his trip to Western China. In the spirit of the journey, the restaurant will offer a specially created “Asian Week” menu on Wednesday, June 15, through Friday, June 17. The a la carte Asian Week menu starts at $15 for appetizers and will replace Natalie’s standard a la carte menu for the three-day period.

The menu features Asian and locally inspired appetizers, fish and meat dishes, and desserts, such as red curry lobster, Korean grilled short ribs, and lychee candy. The menu is drawn from culinary traditions across all parts of Asia, from sushi of Japan in the east to the flavors of Indian and even Persian cuisine in the southwest and west. A portion of the proceeds as well as any tips made by Fernald will help fund the trip.

Fernald has always wanted to travel to China, a journey of more than 12,000 miles. But he isn’t just another high schooler embarking on a graduation jaunt around exotic locales.

“I have always been interested in China, its people and its culture. What I hope to achieve by traveling to Western China is that I will be seen as a good will ambassador, representing my hometown and community here in Maine. China and its people are important to our country’s future, and helping and lending support to many of China’s ethnic minority groups will show they are cared about and are important to us,” Fernald said.

Fernald will travel to Western China later this summer with Where There Be Dragons, an organization that introduces students (high school and college) to the global community and developing world through overseas experiential education including community service, home-stays, language learning, and studies of religion and philosophy.

“When Ben told us about his wish to make this trip to China we immediately jumped in to help raise some money. Not only because of our passion for Asia, its culture and the wonderful people, but also because we admire Ben’s wish to help some of the poorest communities in Western China” says Raymond Brunyanszki, co-owner of the Camden Harbour Inn.

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