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    ITC Grand Chola marks World Environment Day with a special brunch


    THERE is an inadvertent overlap of sorts between some aspects of being environmentally conscious and living healthy a�� consuming food made with fresh, local, organic produce, for instance. The break comes when healthy eating choices involve exotic ingredients and products that arena��t locally or seasonally available. This is the kind of situation that has me gleefully pointing a a�?Ja��accusea�� finger at, say, Ajit Bangera, ITC Grand Cholaa��s executive chef, over a preview of the hotela��s World Environment Day brunch buffet this Sunday.
    Herb treatment
    The buffet at Madras Pavilion, tagged as a locavore spread under ITCa��s Responsible Luxury banner, is meant to highlight healthy, local foods, while showcasing the hotela��s green initiatives (many which seem to come with the territory of being the worlda��s largest LEED Platinum Green Hotel). One, for example, is the refreshing sunya watera��RO water, infused with tulsi or fennel and cinnamon and bottled on-site. However, the difficulty of a luxury hotel going all-green comes through in its need to import certain ingredients (salmon, for instance), given guest demands. But it does get credit for trying. The buffet will feature its fabulous cold-pressed Pavillion Pure juices of organic mango and mint and apple. Equally fabulous are the tiny muffins showcasing grains and nuts a�� they are not all bright and glossy with less rise, but are cleverly paired (berries & rolled oats, pecan & peanut butter), and irresistible.
    Local perfect
    The One-Bite Wonders, usually only seen at banquets, will also make a welcome appearance at the brunch. Again the pairing impresses a�� mango and tuna, caramelised banana and chicken a�� accompanied with local ingredients and in-house greens. Their Local Loves like bajjis and banana dosas along with other staples like idlis should not be missed. Before you roll your eyes at the a�?Five-star idlisa�� as I did (visibly), know that they are arguably the softest you might try. After all, each batch of batter is hand-whipped for 45 minutes. Need we say more?
    Rs 2,195 ++. On June 5, 12.30 pm to 3 pm. Details: 22200000

    a�� Ranjitha Gunasekaran


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