Diwali, which literally translates as “row of lights,” is India’s largest annual festival. Spanning five days, the festival honors the victory of good over evil, brightness over darkness.
Like most joyous festivals, Diwali is a time for feasting — which is what a horde of happy New Yorkers will be doing this coming Saturday, Oct. 21. Between 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the sun-dappled Garden Court Café at the Asia Society will host a special family-focused vegetarian Diwali menu.
The meal will dovetail with Asia Society’s annual Diwali Family Day, traditionally one of the museum’s busiest and includes an afternoon program of performances, arts, and crafts.
The Garden Court Café, operated by Great Performances, New York City’s premiere sustainability-oriented catering company, is located on the ground floor.
The à la carte menu will include a family-style Diwali appetizer platter that serves 2 to 4 ($22) featuring samosa, aloo tikki, chakli, and assorted fruits and nuts.
A bento entree will comprise chana masala, autumn vegetables, jasmine rice, and a Garden Court salad ($22). A vegan side of masoor dal will be on hand for $9, and for dessert there will a chocolate rendition of burfi, the milk-based Indian sweet.
The Garden Court Café is located at 725 Park Avenue at 70th St and may be accessed without paying admission to the museum.
Click here for a schedule of Diwali Family Day programming and ticket information.