Sunday, April 8, 2012

Indian Culinary World Rocks @ Varli Food Fest in NYC

Indian Culinary world rocked at the Varli Food Festival hosted in New York on April 5 2012. The Varli Food festival is an Annual Food, Wine and Dessert tasting event that brings the amalgamation of finest Indian chefs from all over the world. The Varli fest was hosted by Emmy Award nominee and Top Chef Host Padma Lakshmi. The event showcased the culinary expertise of top most Indian restaurants and Chefs by sharing their signature dishes. The festival celebrated the success of India's culture and cuisine.

It's 'Me' at the venue - Metropolitan Pavillion, NYC

A glimpse into the Art of Indian Cooking. It was a fabulous experience to see how the constellation of top Indian chefs were sharing their hand made dishes and desserts, each with an underlying different flavor and concoction.  The mission of the festival is to celebrate and appreciate the success of indian cuisine in the international food market. I was so glad to experience the vigor and enthusiasm with which people from cross continents were eager to try different indian fusion food and appreciate it whole heartedly. I appreciate all the underlying hard work by Varli Singh, Publisher and founder of Varli Magazine in pulling diverse crowd and making this fest a huge success !!!!! 

    It was a great moment to see Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor in person.

In sheer excitement, I reached the venue of the event - Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan much earlier than the start time 5 pm. Got into spotlight by media, pics plus interview. The first thing first was to feast with my eyes on these various dishes from the finest Indian restaurants in the US.

Assorted cupcakes with Indian Flavors

It was a special experience to sample and taste the delicacies. The terrific presentation and the warmth and smile with which they were shared was making it more wholesome experience. The decor reflected upon the traditional and contemporary India. 

Cake representing Diverse heritage and colors of India

Feeling happy to join this fest, I started capturing pictures and pictures whilst enjoying refreshing drinks to desserts. I loved the mango cupcakes,  lotus root flowers, dosai rolls, spinach bites...and many more dishes. 

Most Popular Indian Sweet - Ladoo's at its best

The live cooking demos by experienced chefs were a great experience. I promise to share more pictures, some newly learnt recipes and tips with you soon.

Sumptuous desserts !

This is  my checklist of favorite places to eat. I simply loved their exquisite vegetarian dishes. Next time when you want to give yourself a treat, pamper yourself with the best Indian food around. I was elated to explore that I have tried food at more than a dozen of the participating restaurants.
Some of my personal favorites -
Urban Spice, Moghul, Sarvana Bhawan @ Edison-NJ; Mantra @ Boston-MA; United States; Masala Zone@ Earls court, London; Harry's @ Venice, Italy; Indian Kitchen @ Shanghai, China; Bukhara, Yellow Chilli @ Delhi, Haldirams @ Gurgaon ; Gopals @ Chandigarh ; Chokhi Dhani @ Jaipur, Rajasthan; Dasaprakash@ Agra ; Indian Coffee House @ Shimla, India.

I came back chock'o'bag full of my favorite Indian spices plus a cookbook to inspire me to learn more and share more with you... !!!

Disclosure: All the observations/comments are my personal opinion of the event. I visited the event purely on my discretion as a food enthusiast. 

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