There's no ball on Times Square or anything like that surrounding the Laotian new year.

Vientiane Cafe in West Philly is marking the new year with an eight-course dinner on Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16. It's a benefit for the Laos In The House community arts project. Both dinner dates will be hosted by Catzie Vilayphonh, Laos In The House's Creative Director, and Susie Ratsamy, Managing Director.

Tickets ($50) are available here.