Stepping outside of traditional Christmas dinner

Ever wonder about the diversity of families in our city and their holiday dinner menu?

Wonder no more! Avi Urban has sought out some tasty ideas from our friends at Avenue.

Avenue magazine shares ways Calgary families honor their heritage through food by introducing four festive meals ranging from Slovakian, Ethiopian, Jewish and Indian.
This holiday season, take inspiration from around the world with these amazing dishes and try stepping out of the traditional turkey, stuffing and potatoe slump.

Around the World in Holiday Dinners

Feast your eyes on four festive meals, from Slovakian and Ethiopian to Jewish and Indian, and celebrate the stories and people behind these glorious dishes.

BY JULIE VAN ROSENDAAL

 Indian Holiday Dinner

Vanessa D’Souza’s grandparents were born in Goa in the early 1900s, and later migrated to the port city of Karachi, in what was then India. Her parents were born soon after the independence of Pakistan, in 1947, and immigrated to Canada in 1970. 

“My family’s food culture has been heavily influenced by all these regions,” Vanessa says. “All my Goan recipes are from my mother, Theresa D’Souza [née Mendonca], through her mother.” D’Souza, a physiotherapist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and her sons, Kai and Taye, carry on their family’s culinary tradition (and occasionally call D’Souza’s mom for help).

Read the entire story here.