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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the event?

Thisvillage is working in a village called Bandanpally, in India. One of our projects in Bandanpally is to support the widows to be empowered to live normal, sustainable lifestyles. This includes skills training, learning entrepreneurial and ethical business practices, encouragement to start community initiatives and care for the destitute in their village.


Thursday, March 26 2015 (That’s in one week!) Doors open at 5:30 for drinks and appetizers, Dinner is from 7:00 to 9:30


71 Bank Street, on the 6th floor. Ottawa.

Can I still buy tickets?

Of course! Please purchase your tickets by Monday march 23rd, simply because we want to have accurate numbers for the buffet (if you have questions or concerns about this contact graeme@thisvillage.org)Buy Tickets

Where do I park?

  1. Street parking is free after 5:30 pm (careful, street parking before 5:30 might get you a parking ticket)
  2. Underground parking at 235 Queen Street is free after 5:00pm (out by 11pm)

What should I wear?

Do you have an Indian costume? If so, wear that! Otherwise dress code is semi-formal. (What’s that? Here’s a guide for gentlemen and ladies)

What should I bring?

Your appetite! There is going to be wonderful food, drinks and desserts! Also, not only will we have an exciting silent auction but also there will be a chance to buy beautiful scarves and jewelry from India. Cash and credit card accepted! (Nearest ATM ½ a block away at 99 bank street)

We are looking forward to seeing you!

–Julia Kutyn

All Food is Finger Food

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India is famous for the wonderful flavours of the exotic dishes it produces. From tasty chutneys and spicy curry to sweet chai and rose flavoured desserts, India has very unique style of cooking and using spices and herbs for an explosive flavour. 

While dining in India it quickly becomes evident that something is missing from the table setting: cutlery! There are many reasons why Indians eat with their hands. First, many eat with their hands because they think it is in fact cleaner to eat with fingers than with a fork or spoon. They know where their hands have been and they wash thoroughly before and after meals. Others believe that interacting with their food, not only by smelling, tasting and seeing it but also feeling it, is all part of the experience of eating. (Also it’s kind of fun!)

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India is a large country, so naturally the food varies in different regions of India. In the south, the food is generally unbearably spicy compared to the north. There are also often more vegetarians in the south. Along the coast lines seafood dishes are more popular, whereas in the jungles of India many tropical fruits can be found such as: mango, banana, coconut, guava and papaya.

My favourite recipe I learned while living in India is to make Masala Chai. Follow my recipe to try it out! What you will need for two mugs of Chai:

–       2 heaping tablespoons of loose leaf black tea.

–       2 cups of milk

–       ½ cup of water

–       2 tablespoons of sugar

–       3 teaspoons of fresh ginger (chopped)

–       Cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom to taste (I prefer chai with ginger only)

Heat saucepan with milk and water on stove on medium high for about three minutes. Add the tealeaves and stir until milk becomes a desirable colour. Add sugar and ginger and spices. Bring to boil then remove from heat and strain into mugs. Enjoy!

P.S. If you want a chance to try some delicious Indian dishes, desserts, and chai come to our Indian Dinner Fundraiser! More info here.

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— Julia Kutyn