Four of the San Francisco Bay Area’s hottest up-and-coming chefs will be participating in a first-of-its-kind, cross-country Oakland food festival this October to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to American Culture. Get tickets now if you want to experience the barbecue of Mexico, Northern Iran and Indonesia all in one place.

By Jessica Yadegaran

Hanif Sadr of Komaaj, a Northern Iran pop-up, Siska Silitonga Marcus of Indonesian catering company ChiliCali and Ofelia Barajas and Reyna Maldonado of La Guerrera’s Kitchen will serve innovative riffs of their cuisine’s regional barbecue at BBQ Without Borders from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 at Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway in Oakland.

Think bieh baze kebob, a walnut-and-pomegranate marinated beef and herb kebob; ikan bakar, a charcoal-grilled Southeast Asian seafood dish made with sambal and served with rice and stir-fried water spinach; and Mexican barbacoa and vegan tacos. Priti Narayanan of Koolfi Creamery will be handling dessert with Indian-inspired salted caramel ice cream featuring mysore pak, a ghee-and-sugar crumble, as well as traditional kulfi flavors.

Hosted by Oakland-based No Immigrants No Spice and national immigration group New American Economy, this Oakland food festival will also feature entertainment, including live music and dance performances plus film screenings and an art installation dubbed “Immigrants are US.” Early bird admission is $15 and tickets can be purchased here via Eventbrite. All proceeds benefit the National Immigrant Justice Center and Pangaea Legal Services.

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