BBQ Without Borders, May 13 at OMCA

Chef Lilly Duran of Clandestine Cocina prepares a plate of barbecue. Photos by Amaya Edwards.


At its second BBQ Without Borders, held this year on May 13, 5–9pm at the Oakland Museum of California, the nonprofit No Immigrants No Spice (NINS) invites you to celebrate the importance of immigration to our culinary experience. The dinner features regional barbecue prepared by chefs from Cuba, Japan, and India.

Join Chef Lilly Duran of Clandestina Cocina, Chef Ron Dumra of Wah Jee Wah, and Chef Tadayuki Furui of the former Family Cafe as they serve vegetarian and non-vegetarian options along with specialty desserts, signature cocktails, beer, wine, and sake. Entertainment includes Taiko drummers, a Cuban salsa band, bhangra, flamenco, and even opera! Guests will also enjoy an immersive exhibit exploring the lives of the featured chefs plus a kids activities center, a raffle, and an interactive art exhibit.

Proceeds will benefit NINS’ newly established Resilience Fund, designed to distribute micro grants to recent Bay Area arrivals and those with varying levels of documentation and DACA status. Info and tickets ($15–100) here.

Read more about NINS in this article from our Summer 2022 issue.

Watch this fun video preview of the three chefs preparing their dishes for the BBQ Without Borders event.

Video by Andres Francisco Hernandez. IG: