Event Details


DATE: Saturday, October 29, 2022
TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Jackson Diner, 37-47 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

Diwali, or Deepawali, gets its name from the Sanskrit word deepavali, which means “row of clay lamps.” Many people in India will light these lamps outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness, in tune with a holiday that is an ode to the triumph of good over evil. Please join the Cornell Asian Alumni Association (CAAA) for a wonderful Diwali Celebration on Sat, Oct 29, from 12-2 p.m. at Jackson Diner at 37-47 74th Street, Queens, NY 11372, a fabulous Indian restaurant, that even has famous people such as Hilary Clinton going back for more Indian food!

The cost for the event covers food, gratuity, and tax for a total of $39.95. Any beverages or additional food items will be added separately to your bill. Please choose from the following menu below for 1 appetizer, 1 entree, and 1 dessert. Once you make your final selection, it will be difficult to make additional changes, unless necessary for food allergies, gluten sensitivity, or vegetarian/vegan needs.

Appetizer – Choose one
1A. Bhel Puri – rice flakes tossed with onions, tomatoes, and sauces
2A. Samosa Chat – samosa topped with chickpeas, chutneys, yogurt, onions, and tomatoes
3A. Chat Papari – mixture of crisps, potatoes, and chickpeas in yogurt

Entree – Choose one
1E. Baingan Bhurta – broiled eggplant with onions, tomatoes, and ginger + papadum lentil wafers
2E. Sarso Ka Sag – puree of mustard greens tempered with mustard seed + papadum lentil wafers
3E. Chicken Lajawab – tender morsels of dark meat chicken cooked in curry sauce sauce with spice blend + rice

Dessert – Choose one
1D. Rasmali – sweet cheese in thickened milk
2D. Gulab Jamun – milk flour balls in rose flavored syrup
3D. Kheer – rice pudding in milk with cardamoms

The registration deadline is Wed, Oct 26, at 11:59 p.m., about three days before the Diwali Celebration. Please note there are no refunds after payment, as the money is paid in advance to the restaurant for food preparation and service. You may transfer your seat to another friend or family member, should you not be able to attend in person. This event may sell out quickly. So please make your food selection, payment, and reservation, as soon as possible. We look forward to having a wonderful Diwali Celebration with you!

Event Questions? Contact Victoria Ying at vy13@cornell.edu.
Registration Questions? Contact Brendan West at btw27@cornell.edu.

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