For the past several months, I have had the fantastic opportunity to help raise money for the Greater Washington Sports Alliance (“GWSA”) and its foundation. Based in DC, the GWSA’s mission is to empower area youth through sports and healthy eating habits to create positive change in the community. GWSA-sponsored programs assist youth in practicing healthy competiveness, building friendships with peers and mentors and fostering a better overall lifestyle. Kids with a less-than-ideal home life really depend on community-based programs with mentors to give them the guidance that they lack in life. I am excited to be a part of this great cause. It struck a chord with me since my brother and I lived and breathed sports during our youth. Most of us can attest to experiencing or witnessing the enrichment of a kid’s life because of organized sports!
When I was approached by the board of directors of GWSA to contribute to the SneakerBall auction by showcasing my “South Asian Source Cuisine,” I was elated! I auctioned off a private dinner for 6 people, to be prepared by Moi at the bidder’s home! I am happy to share I was hired for 6 dinners in total, raising a total of $2,400 for charity.
As a self-taught cook who is always on the quest to enhance my cooking style and flare, it can be pretty daunting to have your food eaten and judged right in front of you. Nonetheless, it was a success, as both my chafer dishes were empty by the end of cocktail hour at the Ball! It was an honor to be part of an evening where thousands of dollars were raised for the children of the Greater Washington area.
This past weekend, I held my first private dinner at Margaret (host) and Brad’s condo in DC near the Navy Yard. They invited some of their closest friends, all young professionals from Capital One, and relished in the new food, presentation and concepts. An exciting tidbit of information: Mackenzie (second from left in below picture) had been to Sri Lanka during her business travels and was quite familiar with the fare. She was anxious to try the flavors, as it had been a couple years since her visit. Mackenzie recollected the intermingled relationship of food and family and keenly spoke about the hospitable Sri Lankan people. Needless to say I was impressed, proud and happy to be cooking for her!