On October 7th, 2018, Pacifica Institute held the annual Noah’s Pudding contest. Noah’s Pudding or Ashura is a pudding that is made with a blend of wheat, rice, beans and fruit. The importance of the event is marked by the time when Noah had landed safely with his ark and in celebration created the pudding using ingredients found on the boat. The contest consisted of 5 different groups, all of which created wonderful and delicious pudding with very creative designs. The contest allowed many people of diverse background to come together, cook together, eat together and laugh together. The event was also a very special one because it was in honor of Andrew Killie and Elaine Bondonno, both of whom we have tragically lost this year. In their spirit the community got together and enjoyed a delicious meal and continued building bridges between cultures.
Tom Pyke from Congressman Ro Khanna office said: “Had a great time representing Rep. Ro Khanna at the Pacifica Institute‘s Noah’s Pudding Contest, which brings the Ashura tradition of community sharing to Silicon Valley. Thanks to Mahmut Altun, the pudding & dinner chefs and all who attended for an inspiring evening.”
Sara Field from JCRC Palo Alto said: “I had such a wonderful time as a judge for the Pacifica Institute’s Annual Noah’s Pudding Contest! This dessert is made with grains, fresh fruit, dried fruit, and nuts. It is served on the day of Ashura when it is believed that the floods ended and Noah’s Ark came to rest at Mt Ararat in Turkey. This kind of cross faith eating and gathering is one my the best and most rewarding parts of my job.”