Posted by lemonjelly on:
Sri Lankan cuisine is taking Santa Barbara by storm. First, I get wind of the Sri Lankan food truck. And today, I was able to attend a "Friday Feast" put on by Dinesh Perera, owner of thespicygourmet.com, which sells organic, fair trade south asian spices.
In their home on Alameda Padre Serra, Dinesh and his wife put together a sumptous spread of food, with the spiceful aromatics wafting throughout kitchen into the dining room. Friends helped prepare the appetizers, and demonstrated how to make "hoppers" or a Sri Lankan version of a crepe (pictured).Approximately 35 guests filled the space, and it was sold out. It cost $40 per person, or $75 per couple, including many many bottles of wine. I spied some Longoria in the mix.
The wine flowed, strangers became friends, friends got friendlier. Someone spilled a bottle of red early on. Nearly everyone had cameras, and a good number had some intimidating gear. That's foodies for ya.