A "sweet and sassy" chicken curry with rice, coconut milk muffins, a vegetable curry stew and Sudanese eggplant salad are among the items available at the fourth-annual Curry Clash on Wednesday.
The annual event, presented by the Asian Community & Cultural Center of Lincoln, allows local chefs, both pro and amateur, to showcase dishes that contain the versatile spice. Those who purchase tickets to the nonprofit's event get to try them all and cast ballots for their favorites.
Dishes will vary in level of spiciness, and vegetarian options will be available.
"It's a mix, so there's something for everyone," said Sheila Dorsey Vinton, the Asian Center's executive director and CEO. "The Asian Center supports all refugees and immigrants, and curry is one of those things you can find in just about every country in the world.
"It's really a fun, fun atmosphere."
Participants in this year's event include professionals from Blessing Thai Restaurant, Banhwich Cafe, Stur 22, Billy's, ChezSoDo, the Nebraska Governor's Mansion, Sweet Minou and Ivanna Cone, among others.
The Curry Clash also features a silent auction, which includes numerous packages for foodies as well as a poster signed by Nebraska football head coach Scott Frost, Dorsey Vinton said.
In addition to a people's choice award, formal judging will be done by City Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird, American Ninja Warrior Maggi Thorne, and Liz Ring Carlson of Ameritas.
Tickets to the event are $45 at the door and $35 in advance. It will take place at the Lincoln Firefighters Reception Hall, 241 Victory Lane, from 6-9 p.m. To learn more, go to lincolnasiancenter.org. Advance tickets may be purchased at eventbrite.com or by visiting the Asian Center during business hours.