eatwithIndia (EWI) debuts in Guwahati with Nau Khuwa (first meal after harvest) by Chef Kashmiri Nath and Dr. Geeta Dutta, on 28 December. The event is a curated journey by EWI, into learning and experiencing food traditions by well-known home chefs in home set-up. Nau Khuwa will be Guwahati’s first tryst with this pop-up series.
Conceptualised and promoted by hardcore foodies, Shantanu Mahanta and Sonal Saxena, EWI is a unique initiative that promotes Indian cuisine in the home space. The concept encourages Dine-in against Dine-out format, for it believes that the best meals are served at home and this cannot be replicated in restaurants. Hence, the wonderful concept was born to ensure that the food lovers learn and enjoy cuisines from all over India.
Shantanu and his wife Sonal love to explore food and take great pride in the vastness of Indian food. For them, Indian food has not got what it deserves – especially for the depth and diversity it has. Both developed the idea of EWI for talented home chefs to represent different cuisines of India. They put together a pop-up style, in contrast with the traditional restaurant experience. Expert chefs prepare multi-course dinners for an evening full of fun, social dining and connecting adventurous foodies on communal tables, thus breaking the mould of individual dining and reflecting our belief that communities and friendships are formed over food.
EWI recently added a new chapter, “Dining with the Royals” – a culinary travel experience where participants get to enjoy the hospitality of the Royals as they open their kitchens and homes, sharing their age-old recipes and traditions. The recent trip was a dining experience with the Jadhav family of Gwalior at their property Deo Bagh in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
How it works:
EWI puts up a list of monthly events, highlighting the menus, chefs, venues and price, so that people can book online. They strictly promote regional Indian cuisine. One can even book a chef to cook for a small group at their own place!
The concept has become such a hit that it won accolades from famous writer-director, Hansal Mehta, who brought the first food show to Indian TV audiences. He was the man behind Khana Khazana that launched Sanjeev Kapoor and earned him the celebrity status. Hansal Mehta has now joined hands to push eatwithIndia to another level. At the moment, EWI has captured the imagination of foodies in the cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur, Gwalior and Kolkata, and they are all set to make their foray into Guwahati.
Chef Kashmiri – Brand ambassador for EWI Northeast India region
Food enthusiast, blogger, recipe developer, food consultant, baker – Kashmiri wears many hats. Born in Guwahati and alumni of ISB Hyderabad, she always had a knack for food and cooking. At last her passion took over her career as she has graduated from being a home chef to hosting a food festival at the Marriott, Hyderabad. Kashmiri learnt the nuances of Assamese cooking from her mother, and put that knowledge to practice when she had to begin her life in the tea gardens with her husband after her marriage. She is now the Founder of the North East Food Forum, a regular contributor to mycity4kids.com as an expert blogger, a columnist with “Gplus” tabloid in Assam, and an empanelled contributor to the online magazine “The Travel Trunk (T3)”. She conceptualized and started xoxo cupcakes, when fondant cakes were a thing of fairy tales in Guwahati. She has also been a Jury member of the Guwahati food awards, a menu taster at Vivanta by Taj and has developed recipes for the Gateway Grandeur Hotel in Guwahati. She now joins hands with eatwithIndia as the EWI Ambassador for the North East Indian Region.
About Dr Geeta:
Articulate as always, Geeta’s story in her own words, “I experiencing and sharing things that fill my soul. Travelling, nature photography, literature, poetry, drama, theater, music and of late, in love with the food world. One person that inspires me besides my loved ones is Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, the bard and balladeer, a true vagabond at heart. beena manzil ke ghumte rehna, the whole world is my home – I believe in this philosophy. Professionally, I am a doctor, married and mother of a beautiful girl, Emma, who takes me back to my childhood days. Of late, falling in love with the food world has been the best thing. I would love to serve recipes that I learnt in my grandma’s kitchen, through travel and some that I experimented. It is so motivating to see people enjoy the food I cook. The aroma, texture, taste grounded in our own soil motivates me. I love to keep authentic flavours intact. A childhood memory that I remember vividly is my grandmother and her pickles. Images of sun-dried bottles of pickles are still fresh in my mind. Food is about the memories associated with it and the flavours that linger on. Let’s create beautiful moments with food, nature, love and life.”