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Goutham Balasubramanian, Rishad Minocher, Jean Michel Jasserand and Aslam Gafoor

It was an exciting week with celebrations and launches galore in Namma Bengaluru. Athena Salim, the vibrant new General Manager at The Park

Athena Salim, Naheed Vazirally and Devyani Hinshaw

Athena Salim, Naheed Vazirally and Devyani Hinshaw

Bangalore threw a  Gatsby-themed cocktail and canapé evening. We were ushered down a red carpet to The Oak Room, beautifully done up with orchids and pearls suspended from the ceiling, a live band in attendance and a classic selection of French-style entremets, which included a chocolate box of edible cigars among other things. Athena had thoughtfully stocked up on fun props like fur stoles, fancy hats, colored glasses and pipes so we could pull off the Gatsby theme to the T.

Earlier in the week, I was in Kolkata and at a fund raising dinner at Megha Agarwal’s, The Corner Courtyard, a 110-year-old-house that has been transformed into a quaint new restaurant and boutique hotel. I was quite impressed with the charming actor Kunal Kapoor, founding team member who along with Varun Seth of Ketto – a crowd-funding online platform,  is putting in time and energy to raise funds for a social cause. Kunal personally met guests at each table to explain the work done by his charity. “I wanted to use the fun and glamour quotient to extend a helping hand,” he enthused over a delicious five-course menu put together by one of Bangalore’s talented young chefs Rohan D’Souza. Well done, Kunal.

Good friends Mridul and Alok Chandra celebrated their daughter Kavya’s wedding to Govinda at The Lalit Ashok last week. Michelle and I enjoyed the highly entertaining sangeet party a day prior to the wedding. Set to some of the thumping songs of Bollywood, cousins, uncles, aunts and friends regaled guests with their infectious dance moves. The next day, the wedding was a lavish affair.
I must say that the hotel team did a quite a superb job with their impeccable service and kudos to executive chef Subodh Goyal for the lip-smacking food spread on both days.

I am never far away from good food and wine. On Friday evening, I made my way to Toscano in UB City for a dinner put together by chefs Jean

Alok, Mridul, Shreya, Govinda  and Kavya

Alok, Mridul, Shreya, Govinda
and Kavya

Michel and Goutham for members of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic association spread over 70 countries which brings together enthusiasts to celebrate their common passion for fine food and wine. The chefs won everyone’s hearts (and stomachs) with their Mediterranean menu which included some unusual, specially imported ingredients such as frog’s legs, foie gras and mushrooms. Great food had to be paired with superlative wines so we had Allegrini wines from the Valpolicella region to pair with the spectacular menu. Life is good!
And with the promise of an extended deadline things can only get better. Until next time, ciao!

Aslam Gafoor (m gafoor.aslam@gmail.com)
The writer is a foodie, wine-lover and travel enthusiast from the city.
Rubi Chakravarti will be back with her column next week.

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