I don't know which is more enjoyable, seeing an Iranian film win the 2012 Oscar for Best Foreign Language, or learning about enthusiastic, Iranian film lovers.
The Marin IJ covered an interesting event -an Oscar viewing party in south San Jose. It is great to see bicultural Iranians who enjoy film as much as this bunch. And, this year they had the a root-country winner as a bonus. Read more....
Traditional "Sofreh" or spread
I get asked this question all the time. Besides being dominated by the reception-equivalent party, there are many traditions, some family rooted, some regional. This was a beautiful "sofreh" spread that I though to share. read more....
One of the toughest challenges of organizing Persian events -some of you might think I am about to squarely blame Persians- is finding the right caterer! We have to find the a caterer who is not only well prepared, but can meet the expectations of a tough crowd. For instance, everyone has their favorite kabob joint. And, everyone's mother is the best chef to have ever walk on earth.
We are currently finalizing our interviews for Chaharshanbeh Soori with three outstanding caterers, one of whom is actually in Sacramento, and another in Fresno. Judging from the samples we tasted last weekend, I am certain that the crowd will be pleased, as they were in the years past.
One good thing about serving kabobs, no insult to my Italian friends, that unlike Tiramisu kabobs look the same, and should taste the same. I have never eaten two tiramisus that look the same, though they are always good.
Hamid Kafaii, is a resident of Marin County, and an active member of the community. He has appeared numerous times on TV and radio in the Bay Area, commenting on cultural and other matters Iranian.