When: Sat., Oct. 11, 7-9:30 p.m. 2014
This week’s glimpse into a food culture you’d be hard-pressed to find in any Bay Area restaurant comes courtesy of Gadung Kasturi, a Richmond-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of Balinese music and dance. This Saturday, in order to help pay for the upkeep of its traditional gamelan (Balinese ensemble music) instruments, which are due for tuning, the organization will host a fundraising dinner at El Cerrito’s Hillside Community Church (1422 Navellier St.). The event will feature live dance performances, a cash bar, and a lavish Balinese feast cooked by Gadung Kasturi director Kampung Metri Davies. If you aren’t familiar with Balinese food, think of it as a distant cousin of Thai cuisine, featuring dishes that tend not to be sweet and that utilize many different parts of the coconut. Highlights will include Balinese-style chicken and shrimp satay skewers, jukut ares (a banana stem soup normally served only at festivals), and pesan les (minced roast pork steamed inside a banana leaf). Vegan alternatives will also be available.