Chef/cookbook author Suneeta Vaswani joins forces with the owners of Dharma Café, John Gurney and Susan Ralph, to whip up a little edible fun at The Cuisine of India party. All of the recipes were doing, the six appetizers and two entrées, are from my two [cook]books, says Vaswani. One of the appetizers is onion clusters, which are absolutely addictive. They disappear within seconds, she laughs. I warned them, you can make armloads and theyll disappear just as fast. Theres live music by Moodafaruka, a fabulous band that does world music. Its mostly a mix-and-mingle party, but Ill be happy to talk about food with anyone. Vaswani is a real authority on Indian food the longtime chef and writer spent several years living in India learning family recipes so take the opportunity to chitchat with a culinary expert. Todays event benefits the Boniuk Center, which promotes peaceful coexistence. (Sounds like a great idea.) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dharma Café, 1718 Houston Avenue. For information, call 713-348-2400 or visit www.boniuk.rice.edu. $30.
Tue., May 20, 6-9 p.m., 2008