I'm ridiculously excited for the FED Purim burlesque experience. Here are just a few reasons why you should be, too.
1. You get to dress in costume! Akin to Halloween (if you took out the whole spooky bit), Purim brings out the decked out children of all ages. But before you decide to be a princess like everyone else, please note that you must wear a costume that evokes the evening's theme of the burlesque. OK, now you can get planning.
2. I get to write a skit (shpiel, to be precise) - and you get to experience it! I have a tradition of writing an original skit every Purim. This one will incorporate unique song and dance performances! But don't get too comfortable just yet, as the line between audience and cast member may evaporate at any moment....
3. The food will be exotic Persian cuisine! Ancient Persia was the setting of the traditional Purim story. So, we will feast like Persians! It also should be noted that FED's vegetarian flair is appropriate on this occasion, as the story's heroine Queen Esther was said to have been a vegetarian herself. Actually, she is said to have subsisted on fruits and nuts. Don't worry, we won't. Don't believe me? Here's the menu!
Savory cheese-filled pastries (sambusak)
Yogurt with spinach dip (born esfanaj)
Eggplant and leafy mixed greens salad with mint walnut-pomegranate dressing
Vegetable-lime soup with chickpea dumplings (abgoosht with gondhi)
Spinach and herb pie (kuku sabzi)
Jeweled rice with orange peel and carrots
Vegetarian meatballs with lentils and herbs (kufteh sabzi)
Saffron salmon kebab
Hamantaschen (jelly-filled Haman's Hat cookies)