Ethiopian Cultural Dinner Offers Delectable Food for a Good Cause

By Hollie Murphy

ethiopianfoodIf you’ve never tried Ethiopian food or already know you love it, be sure to make it to the Ethiopian Cultural Dinner & Auction, presented by the Corvallis-Gondar Sister Cities Association (C-GSCA) on Sunday, Jan. 25. This family-friendly affair will take place at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, located on West Hills Road.

The evening will be filled with the smells and sounds of traditional Ethiopian food, coffee, and music. The dinner will feature various options such as key wat (beef stew), mesir wat (lentils), and shiro (mashed chickpeas). Injera, a delicious flatbread and a national dish of Ethiopia, will be prepared by a restaurant in Portland and served as a compliment to the night’s meal. For the non-meat-eaters, vegetarian options will be offered as well.

An auction will feature donated items such as Ethiopian jewelry and art, embroidered scarves, coins, stamps, and more. Proceeds from the auction support ongoing C-GSCA projects with its sister city of Gondar, Ethiopia. Projects include the training of teachers, the addition of computer and science labs, additional books for school libraries, and travel expenses for Ethiopian teachers to visit Corvallis.

Learn more about the Corvallis-Gondar Sister Cities Association by visiting their website, http://sistercities.corvallis.or.us/gondar/. Tickets for the dinner and auction can be purchased on the website, at Grass Roots bookstore (227 SW 2nd Street), or by calling 541-754-6364.

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