On May 20, the heavy beating of drums sounded in Santa Clara’s Whole Foods as lion dancers from Buu Kim Tu pranced through the Tap Room. Next, dancers from Expressions waved their arms and twirled around while performing Indian cultural dance. Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the entertainment accompanied the afternoon’s Noodle Cook-Off where three teams competed to create the best vegetable noodles.
“For our Cultural Commission, it was part of our monthly performances and Commemorative Month Series,” said Santa Clara Cultural Commissioner Harbir Kaur Bhatia, who worked with Whole Foods staffers Tina Manickam and Jason Lieu to organize the event. “And for Whole Foods, it was a part of their ‘diversity is delicious’ programming. So it was perfectly aligned for both of our organizations.”