Solstice Food Fun-draisers

Bollywood Party, India House, Saturday, May 9, 6:30-9:30 pm

SANTA BARBARA — Released April 27, 2015 —Transport yourself to Italy and India for two stellar food events benefiting the Santa Barbara Solstice Celebration.

Enjoy pasta, vino, and cappuccino at Pascucci Dine Out on Thursday, April 30, 5-10 pm. For the 15th consecutive year, Pascucci owner (and Solstice board member) Laura Knight has turned over her happening Italian establishment to Solstice volunteers for an entire evening … with the exception of the kitchen (wisely!), which is staffed by pros.

Fun loving and costume clad, Solstice volunteers act as hosts, servers, bartenders, and drink runners. Staffers’ attire will reflect the theme for the night: Out of this world, a play off this year’s Solstice Parade theme which is Sci Fi.

Pascussi’s vast regular menu will be served so no tickets are required. Everything (food, beverage and tips) benefits Solstice.

You’ll be “sari” if you miss the Bollywood Party on Saturday, May 9, 6:30-9:30 pm. Guests are encouraged to wear their Indian finery to India House, the most festive restaurant in town. Maestro Montino Bourbon will provide live “Neo-Bollywood music with electronic influences,” and Lisa Beck will perform as well as leading a dance lesson teaching the best Bollywood moves.

Vegans and omnivores will be satisfied as the evening’s buffet by Indian House Owner/Chef Krishan Gupta includes:

Pakora, mixed vegetables fried in chick pea flour

Spinach Pakora, fresh spinach fried with spices

Paneer Pakora, housemade cheese coated in gram flour

Chicken Supreme Malai Kebob, boneless chicken marinated in spices and cooked in tandoor

Chicken Tikka Masala, chicken filet in creamy, tomato curry sauce

Tandoori Chicken, marinated 24 hours in 21 spices

Beef Rogan Josh, beef cubes simmered in garlic, ginger and curry sauce

Sheek Kebob, marinated beef on skewer

Paneer Jalfrezi, mixed vegetables with housemade cheese in curry sauce

Aloo Gobi Matar, cauliflower, green peas and potatoes cooked in light spices

Basmati Rice

Tandoori Naan, fresh baked bread

Mixed Salad

Mango, Tamarind and Mint Chutneys

Raita, yoghurt

Dessert: Rice Pudding and Fresh Fruit

Get your tickets ($27 per person with a no-host bar) early as this event tends to sell out. Tickets may be purchased at Indian House Restaurant, 418 State Street, or online using our secure PayPal server at

Both events raise funds for this year’s Solstice Parade at high noon on June 20 and the Solstice Festival on June 19-21. Namaste.


Wendy Jenson

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