The International Club of DC, in cooperation with the Embassy of Uzbekistan,
invites you to
Embassy of Uzbekistan Dinner Feast of Uzbek Delicacies by the Embassy Chef
A celebration of Uzbek Culture and Art
Welcome remarks by the Ambassador Uzbekistan,
His Excellency, Ambassador H.E. Ambassador Javlon Vakhabov
~ Special dinner reception of Uzbek delicacies prepared by the embassy chef
The International Club of DC, in cooperation with the Embassy of Uzbekistan, invites you to a very special evening at the Embassy of Uzbekistan. Your evening begins with welcome remarks by His Excellency, Ambassador Javlon Vakhabov, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States along with a presentation of Uzbek culture giving you insight into Uzbekistan including its thousand years old cities, people, culture, and customs. Afterwards indulge in a special dinner reception of Uzbek delicacies prepared by the embassy chef. Join us to experience Uzbek art, culture, cuisine, and hospitality at the Embassy of Uzbekistan, one of the most magnificent and ornate embassies in Washington DC.
Space is limited and we expect this event to be immensely popular so please make your reservations early. Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience a very special reception and cultural presentation at the Embassy of Uzbekistan as you enjoy an evening of Uzbek culture and cuisine along with the opportunity to meet the embassy staff as well as other ICDC members with an interest in international cultures.
Presentation of Uzbek Culture
The evening features a brief speech by His Excellency, Ambassador Javlon Vakhabov, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States along giving you insight into Uzbekistan including its thousand years old cities, people, culture, and customs. The evening also includes a book ceremony for a recently translated Uzbek book by American scholar Mark Reese.
Question and Answer Session with the Ambassador and Embassy Staff
Feel free to ask anything you ever wanted to know about customs, lifestyle, politics in Uzbekistan in the Question and Answer Session following the Ambassador’s speech.
Traditional Uzbek Dinner Buffet
Please join us for a traditional Uzbek Buffet prepared by the Embassy's chef. The dinner buffet of Uzbek culinary delights will be presented after the cultural presentation. Uzbek cuisine represents some of the finest culinary delicacies from Central Asia with delectable dishes such as plov, manti, shurpa, shashlik, lagman, and samsa. Also enjoy a selection of fresh fruit along with Uzbek desserts. An assortment of wines, fruit juices, water, and soda will also be served. Menu selections subject to change.
Caprese salad (tomato, mozzarello, arugula, pesto sauce)
Greek salad (tomato cherry, cucumber, feta cheese, lettuce)
Samsa with meat (flour, meat, onion, butter)
Samsa with spinach (flour, onion, spinach, butter, cheese)
Vegetable slicing with cheese in assortment (mini peppers, celery, cheese,
Kazan Kabab (potato, meat)
Vegetarian pilav (rice,carrot,onions,apricot,nuts)
Chocolate, dried apricot, dried plum
Juice, water, sparkling water, soda, tea, coffee
Wine and vodka
The evening also presents a wonderful opportunity to tour the embassy’s rare collection of beautiful paintings and art pieces. Discover the traditions of Uzbekistan, combined with the rich history, cultural heritage, delicious cuisine, and above all, warm and friendly people.
Space is limited and we expect this event to be immensely popular so please make your reservations early.
Please note that the event is presented as a stand-up buffet dinner reception so you can walk around the embassy to enjoy various facets of the event and not as a seated function. If you have any special considerations, please let us know in advance so we may assist you.
Book Ceremony: Bygone Days: O'tkan Kunlar
Otabek, Son of Yusufbek Hajji, 19th century Muslim Reformer, trader, and soon to be husband of two wives takes us through a Turkistan twenty years before the Russian conquest. From the teaming, caravanserais, mosques, and chai khanas of Tashkent and Margilan to the inner sanctum of the Qoqan Khanate our hero bears witness to a world destined for a future of memory and loss, offering reform and resistance as the only hope to save the soul of a people. Not just Otabek, but his friends and enemies alike, face the cultural and political landscape of family, of ethnic conflict, and of a khanate lost to corruption and intrigue. At stake for Otabek and his loved ones is not only the destruction of a way of life—a world cast within the traditions of the Turco-Persian world—but the crisis of faith and identity that have persisted for one hundred and fifty-four years.Published in 1926, the author Abdullah Qodiriy brought his masterpiece to a readership beset with the same concerns held by the beloved characters of this historical novel. Qodiriy uses the lessons of the past as a warning to his own generation experiencing the political charged period after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.
About Mark Edward Reese (Translater)
Mark Reese began his 25-year career in Central Asia as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the second group to serve in Uzbekistan, from 1994-1996. He conducted field work for eight years in Central Asia, supporting and leading activities including program management as country director for the Department of State's Uzbekistan Partnership Program in Comparative Religious Studies, interpreter and consultant for the Department of Defense, and in-country academic research and scholarly translation. Mark has worked as a site manager for the United States Department of Defense managing translation and cultural advisement contracts. For the last seven years, he has worked for the United States Naval Academy, holding positions as Deputy Director for the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and Founding Director for the Center for Regional Studies.
Most recently Mark established the Muloqot Cultural Engagement Program in order to support Uzbek translators, writers and creatives in their work. He lives in Nashville, TN.
* Please note that the Ambassador of Uzbekistan is expected to be present to welcome you to the embassy. Due to the nature of official diplomatic duties, the Ambassador's schedule is subject to change without notice. In the event the Ambassador is called away due to diplomatic duties, the Deputy Chief of Mission or other high ranking official from the Embassy will welcome you to the embassy.