Columbia Connects

Columbia Connects is an annual tradition that brings Columbia alumni together for fellowship and networking and welcomes new graduates to the community.  

We invite you to take part in a variety of in-person and online events and programs where you can: This year our New York event will be online and open to the entire alumni population as part of the Columbia at Home series.

Free Webinar

Manal Kahi ’15SIPA and Chef Shanthini from Eat Offbeat will host an interactive cooking demonstration. Chef Shanthini will prepare Katarica Curry, a Sri Lankan Eggplant curry, and we encourage you to join them and cook along.

The program will conclude with a Q&A about the dish and about Eat Offbeat and its mission to share recipes from around the world.

  • Wednesday, September 23, 6–7 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Free for all alumni
  • Registrants will receive an ingredient list and recipe in their confirmation email

Optional Meal Boxes

To enhance your experience, Eat Offbeat can supply meal boxes, recipes, and ingredients in advance of the event.  There are three options you can choose from:

Option 1: Eat Offbeat Feast Box - delivered right to your door! (NYC only)

A fully prepared meal for those who want to try the dish, but don’t want to cook.

Option 2: Eat Offbeat Ingredient Box - Enjoy cooking!

For those who want to cook along, this box contains all the dry and hard-to-find ingredients for the Katarica Curry, as well as four other recipes for a full five-course meal. 

Option 3: Digital Recipe Cards 

A collection of four recipe cards for an entire meal delivered to your inbox.

Manal Kahi Bio

Manal is the co-founder and CEO of Eat Offbeat, a refugee-driven food company that delivers authentic meals conceived and prepared by refugees who now call New York City home. Manal moved to NYC to pursue a career in environmental affairs, but the Hummus she found on supermarket shelves led her on a different journey. She co-founded Eat Offbeat to help New Yorkers discover authentic cuisines from around the world all the while creating quality jobs. Eat Offbeat has since served over 250,000 meals in NYC and has been featured in media outlets including Forbes, The Guardian, the Huffington Post, Newsweek, Fast Company, and others.  

Chef Shanthini Bio

Chef Shanthini - Chef Shanthini, or Shanthi as she is known in the kitchen, contributes an overwhelming amount of recipes and flavor to the Eat Offbeat profile. Growing up in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, she served as chef to her large family and, today, hundreds of others who crave her authentic curry recipes (unrivaled when it comes to Sri Lankan food in New York). With a deep appreciation for the sweet delicacies of coconut, rambutans, and mangosteens that she ate fresh growing up, Chef Shanthi’s recipes represent the multitude of distinct Sri Lankan ingredients Shanthi misses from home. She introduces many people to a gastronomy previously unbeknownst to them, and as a result, receives lots of rave reviews from customers.