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By Beka Compton
The Times 

Indian-style lunch was a hit at Sam's Corner

Last Friday, Sam Kumar and his fellow business owner and cousin, Joe Kumar, happily served curry chicken and rice at their stores.


November 28, 2019

Dena Martin

Dozens of locals lined up at Sam's Corner on Friday afternoon where owner Sam Kumar provided a free Indian style chicken and rice lunch and handed out free turkeys as a thank you to his customers. Joe Kumar, owner of Joe's Corner in Walla Walla, was the chef who prepared the curry chicken and rice served at both Joe's Corner and Sam's Corner that day.

WAITSBURG-Lunch was served last Friday at Sam's Corner on Highway 12, and it drew crowds! The curry chicken and rice, which has received nothing but positive feedback, was a traditional-style Indian dish that Sam Kumar and his cousin, Joe Kumar, selected to share their heritage and culture with and say thank you for all the support from their customers.

Joe Kumar, who owns Joe's Corner off of Melrose Street in Walla Walla, cooked meals for both Sam's Corner in Waitsburg and Joe's Corner convenience stores. Joe's Corner served lunch at 11:00 am, and Sam's Corner served lunch at 12:00 pm, but Sam said he still had people coming in and asking for more as late as 7:00 that night. He was thrilled!

"This was our third time serving Indian food. The first couple of times didn't go as well as we had hoped, so we decided to try chicken this year instead of veggies. I am very happy with how it went!" Sam Kumar said, beaming. " It went well in Walla Walla, too."

Both stores also gave away free turkeys to the first 20 people in the door for lunch. Sam said that in India, they would often cook large meals in the same manner, and serve them at their temple, in a practice called prasada, and he enjoys sharing his culture with his customers here in Waitsburg. Prasada is a Hindu practice, offering food and water to the deity during worship, and then shared with all without discrimination.

He couldn't express enough how happy he was at the success of the event and how well the food was received. Sam's Corner is planning to have more lunches in the future. Information for future events can be found at the Joe's Corner Facebook page, as well as at both of the stores.


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