A milestone birthday deserves to be celebrated throughout the year – a night out with friends, some quality time with family, and then a final sha-bang! A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor to be both catering and be a guest at the Shah’s “The Grande Finale” cocktail party. What a wonderful night to celebrate friendship and birthdays together! It was really a perfect recipe – drinks were flowing, music was popping, friends were smiling, and of course the food was plentiful.
We came up with a really exciting menu and finalized an Asian-fusion inspired theme. Each and every dish was perfectly flavored and had its own TWIST. For example, I made one of my previously posted recipes, the Aloo Tikki Sliders, but to stay with the Asian-fusion theme I made a crispy Napa cabbage/tomato slaw dressed in a sweet Thai chili sauce garnished with Thai basil leaves to accompany the slider. The food was a hit! One of my favorite dishes was the Sriracha deviled eggs and my very own homemade veggie meatballs in an orange general tso’s sauce.
The night was complete with a beautiful and very sentimental toast! And of course I can’t forget the gorgeous cake! Sharmey had actually gotten all her girlfriends names, who were sharing this milestone birthday with her, put on the cake. It was really something else! A very memorable night!
Thoughts and Inspiration: A few weeks ago I catered an event for a group at the AIG office in Philadelphia. It was so much fun and I had lots of flexibility in planning out the menu.
I decided to develop a theme for the afternoon and I called it “Around the World for the Holidays”. I created a tasting menu of four dishes from around the world with completely different flavor profiles. I featured a Middle Eastern, Mexican, Italian and finally an Indian dish. My goal was to have various textures, flavors, and colors within the plates! The unanimous vote for best dish was the Middle Eastern Lentil Tabbouleh.
What better way to spend a weekend than preparing for, and having the opportunity to be a part of, a beautiful organization supporting a wonderful cause – Jessie’s Day 2015! A couple Sundays ago, I had the pleasure of being one of the many vendors at the 13th annual Jessie’s Day – Give the Gift of Scholarship Fundraising Event, which helps provide pediatric transplant recipients with scholarships to achieve their goals of higher education. The event was held at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, PA. It was a beautiful afternoon full of various supporters, including food/beverage vendors, live music, donated items for silent auction, all coming together as a community to help raise generous donations for this great cause. I truly enjoyed the experience of meeting so many great people.
Fashion, accessories and food… perfect combination right?! It was a cold and rainy evening, yet fashion (by Naveda™) and accessories (by Sticks + Stones) were the talk of the night as guests mingled, sipping Rosé and eating light bites prepared by me, Always a Twist.
This past Thursday I had the opportunity to be a part of a benefit for Dress for Success Philadelphia which was organized by the beautiful and talented designer, and she-boss behind Naveda Couture, Amy Devan. I was offered the opportunity to prepare three appetizers that would complement the vibe of the evening – small, chic and tasteful bites. I wanted to create different flavor profiles and textures that could showcase me and my style of cooking. I had to be mindful of the garments (nothing with too much sauce) and be conscious of making food that would taste delicious served at room temperature. I LOVED the challenge and embraced the whole moment!
My sister, Milloni, and husband, Amit, both helped me the day of the event… they were amazing!!! They plated everything and made sure things were running smoothly as I mingled and talked with guests about my cooking venture. I was so in my element! I felt free and exhilarated talking about Always a Twist and my passion for vegetarian cooking with a flair. Each and every time I do an event it just simply reconfirms to me how much I enjoy bringing happiness to others through my cooking. Food is the way to people’s heart right? …Cooking really is my world.
A day off of work and what do I want to do? Let me paint a quick little picture and bring you into my world: an eight hour day standing in my kitchen, in my most comfortable attire (shorts, a tank and, of course, my staple apron) cooking my heart out with my favorite jams blasting in the background. Now that is what I call a perfectly cooktastic day! I know, I’m such a nut!
It was a mid-July party bringing friends together. The menu was a perfectly fun blend of refreshing and light summer delights, along with a couple dishes that will make you want to wish it wasn’t bikini season! It was another wonderful event and experience and I can’t wait to do it again!
A special shout out and thanks again to Lina for the awesome opportunity!
After many discussions and consultation, here is the menu I came up with:
A new kitchen + a new family + new recipes = my absolute bliss! I catered another event this past Saturday and I can’t wait to share my excitement!
It’s amazing how you can walk into a home with people you’ve never met, be a part of a special occasion and yet you leave feeling like you’ve connected with them! This family was just so great… incredibly fun, enthusiastic, warm and really close-knit! It was their daughter’s 3rd birthday and the party was Frozen themed! It was adorable!
All the fun started right from the beginning for me when I began sending ideas for the menu. Slowly, we worked together and built a special menu customized with a number of dishes that was perfect for the occasion and for the family with a few appetizers and a couple entrees. The menu was full of classic Indian flavors, with my twists added in of course! The appetizers were finger foods that were easy to grab and eat while mingling! We had Aloo Tikki Sliders, Cilantro Mint Chutney Sandwiches, and a Pasta Salad. For the entrees I made trays of Channa Masala Kati Rolls, Paneer Masala Kati Rolls and skewered Tandoori Marinated Vegetables! The food was delicious if I do say so myself! The sliders and chutney sandwiches were a big hit! It’s a good sign when you have to ask yourself if you made enough food (knowing perfectly well you absolutely did!).
I truly enjoyed every part of the event – from finalizing the menu with the host, to grocery shopping, cooking, meeting all the wonderful family/friends and finally getting to see what everyone thought of the food! It felt amazing to cook for others and see them enjoy what I’ve been able to create. I’m living my dream and loving every moment of it. I love meeting new people and creating new flavors! They just go perfectly hand in hand for me! I can’t wait to continue doing this more and more!!! Thanks to the incredible Bedi family!
P.S. I will be posting some of the delicious recipes in the coming weeks! Hopefully you will find one to try out!
Last Saturday I had the incredible opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream and begin a new venture in my personal career which, as you all know, I’m so passionate about. I was able to spend the day catering a birthday party and dinner for an adorable little girl who was turning 7 and her beautiful family and friends. I can’t describe the feeling I got when I saw the smiles on everyone’s faces while they mingled and ate the food that I put my heart and soul into creating. Suffice to say, it was an incredible experience for me and one that I hope will lead to many new opportunities! I will be dishing all the details (and dishes!) in various posts over the next few weeks, but for now here are some pictures to indulge in!