No Immigrants No Spice, a Bay Area 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on awareness of immigrant contributions through food, culture and economy, will hold its second BBQ without Borders event on May 13, 2023. BBQ without Borders will take place from 5–9 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and feature Chef Ron Dumra of Wah Jee Wah, Chef Lilly Duran of Clandestina Cafe, and Chef Tadayuki of the former Family Cafe, who will each celebrate their own regional riff on BBQ: lechon, tandoori, and yakitori.
Tickets are on sale now. General entry includes dinner (vegetarian or non-vegetarian options), dessert, one alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverage, as well as a full stage show which will include taiko drummers, bhangra, flamenco, a Cuban salsa band, and an opera performance. Additionally, attendees will be invited to explore the theme of “cultivating home” through physical mini marts constructed in the gardens of the OMCA. There will also be a kids’ activities area with a continuous game of “found object soccer,” a basmati rice bag race, an immersive collaborative art piece, and a silent auction of premier prizes. Craft cocktails, mocktails, wine, and beer will also be available. Additional food and drink can be purchased onsite.
Attendees have the option of purchasing a VIP ticket and donating directly to the Resilience Fund. There is also a sliding scale option to make the tickets more accessible to all of the public.
Proceeds will benefit NINS’ newly-established Resilience Fund, which is designed to distribute micro-grants to vulnerable Bay Area residents: recent arrivals, and those with varying levels of documentation and DACA status.
“BBQ without Borders is a space to celebrate and honor our most vulnerable communities. We hope you can come eat something delicious, witness a spectacular performance, meet someone new, and walk away with a new experience,” said NINS founder Dr. Vibha Gupta.