This past week I had the pleasure of participating in 2 events which involved Sri Lankan food. The first, was a Sri Lankan Supper Club in Baltimore–put on by yours truly–at the home of some friends which attracted 30 guests, who have all now been duly baptized in the Church of Rice & Curry. Unfortunately in the midst of preparing and serving this buffet feast I did not have time to take pictures, but regardless it was a fun event and people enjoyed themselves immensely.
The second event was a benefit for a Sri Lankan school in Bentota sponsored by the non-profit, YouAssist. This time, I did not do the cooking, but supervised the students at Stratford University in Falls Church, VA, who put up an ambitious rice & curry meal for the 50 paying guests who attended. After conducting a short demo, during which I spoke about Sri Lankan spices, and actually made a batch of Sri Lankan roasted curry powder and then a pot of chicken curry, the guests sat down to the meal. To be honest, I was a little nervous at how they would receive the food–especially since this was the first time the students tried their hand at making Sri Lankan cuisine–but I’m happy to report that everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the meal and were full of praise for myself and the students (though I can’t really take any of the credit for the food, it’s good to know that the recipes from my book turned our just right no matter who is cooking) This time, a professional photographer in attendance, Li Thornton, documented the evening in the following gallery. Her information is below as is a link to YouAssist. Thanks to Anne and Michael Jansen of YouAssist and Chefs Jordan Lichman, Ricardo Willis and their staff at Stratford for making the event a great success!