Countdown to the Grub Fest Begins!

Venue

Venue

India’s most illustrious food festival, The Grub Fest, is all set to be back!

Only months after Delhi witnessed it’s launch at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, with a footfall of around 1 Lakh food enthusiasts, 70 participating restaurants, an enormous line up of chefs and lots of other entertainment factors, The Grub Fest, a brainchild of young entrepreneurs – Aman Kumar, Arjun Jain, Chaitanya Mathur & Manveer Singh Cheema, is back with yet another edition to please the palates of thousands across the capital. The second edition will take place from 23rd to 25th October at a new and significant spot, right at the border of Delhi and Gurgaon – the sprawling Ambience Lawns.

L-R Chaitanya Mathur, Aman Kumar, Mani Singh cheema and Arjun Jain

L-R Chaitanya Mathur, Aman Kumar, Mani Singh cheema and Arjun Jain

The Highlights of Grub 2.0

 

  • The Exhibitors – Renowned names like Punjab Grill, Zambar, Olive Bistro, SodaBottleOpenerWala, Social, Indigo, Indigo Deli, Royal China, Fio, Townhall, Smokeys, À Ta Maison & PCO, Urban Pind, Dao Dimcha, Koyla Kebab, Holy Smoke, B Bar, The Backyard, Zizo, Zerzura, Room Service, amongst others, are extremely excited to be a part of this foodie

 

  • Luxury Zone by The Leela, Gurgaon – The Leela, Gurgaon is curating a special ‘Luxury Zone’ on the 3 days of The Grub Fest. The Luxury Zone will offer a super fine dining experience wherein an International Chef will be orchestrating a unique Japanese and Italian cuisines restaurant. The following Chefs of The Leela, Gurgaon will also be providing a unique culinary experience at the festival –

 

  1. Ramon Salto – Executive Chef
    2. Pablo Moralis – Executive Pastry Chef
    3. Neeraj – Executive Sous Chef
    4. Leivy Liz Levitan Hermandez – Italian Master Chef
Chai Art Installation at the Grub Fest

Chai Art Installation at the Grub Fest

  • #GrubExplore – As a buzzing build up to the main festival, The Grub Fest is doing a series of events as a part of Grub Explore. Grub Explore is a platform where people from the food industry and other guests attend special evenings at the most sought after venues in the city, enjoy fun-filled events like Mixology Sessions, Food Tastings and more, and increasingly engage people through gripping contests and can’t-be-missed giveaways.
  • #GrubExplore Grub Explore continues into the main festival and is only getting bigger, better and yes, authentic! The Grub Team is bringing to you authentic chefs, cuisines & other elements from different parts of our diverse & culturally rich country. Chefs mastering Arabic, Iranian, Naga, Coastal, Kashmiri and Bengali cuisines will be holding workshops throughout the 3 days.
  • Grub Market – A range of fresh farm produces and organic, pro-environmental preparations in beautiful bazaar set ups, The Grub Market will exhibit fresh and organically produced vegetables to salads homemade jams, namkeen, wine ice-creams, waffles, cupcakes, honey, aam papad, gluten free cakes and biscuits, and many more.
  • Cafe Epicuriais popping up at The Grub Fest, bringing along the renowned brands under its roof.

Apart from that, The Grub Fest is also introducing some remarkable new concepts that will be a first in the country. They will be integrating the business fraternity of the F&B industry, whilst giving an opportunity to small businesses, start ups, blogs and tech savvy entrepreneurs in the food space to showcase their products & skills.

After Gurgaon, the festival will be travelling to Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai & Chandigarh, and even internationally to Dubai & London.

It’s time to #GetGrubbed again!

Fact Sheet:

Dates: 23rd, 24th and 25th October 2015

Venue: Ambience Lawns, Gurgaon

Entry: Ticketed (INR 100 and 200)

Website: http://www.thegrubfest.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegrubfest?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thegrubfest

Instagram: https://instagram.com/thegrubfest

Media RSVP:
Ujjala B Gupta, Mitwa Sharma
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Things you should know about LEVELS, Hauz Khas Village!

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Levels, a four storey restaurant cum lounge is opening shortly at Hauz Khas village and we bring to you 4 reasons why they are going to next big thing:
1. Each floor at Levels has a different theme. Each theme mingled almost perfectly with its interiors. Not just that, each floor has a different menu. One of its kind, it brings to you specialised and authentic cuisine from around the world and drinks that you can hardly find it any of the existing bars.
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2. Well did we tell you that you can enjoy four different nights at the same time. So you don’t like Sufi, change your floor and you can groove to hip hop.
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3. Levels have designed quirky merchandise to attract their customers. You can buy them for a nominal prince at the restaurant. Not only are they marketing their restaurant well but also selling out some really good stuff and.
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4. You don’t pay in cash here. The first thing you do is get yourself a card and recharge it. So everytime you order something, just swipe it. The remaining balance can be redeemed once you are done.
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5. This restaurant is going to have its own app. They don’t want you waiting in ques to get your card recharge or wait until somebody attends you.  Technology has made everything so much for easier,No?  Tap tap. And your card’s recharge. You can also buy their goodies there.
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4. You don’t pay in cash here. The first thing you do is get yourself a card and recharge it. So everytime you order something, just swipe it. The remaining balance can be redeemed once you are done.
5. This restaurant is going to have its own app. They don’t want you waiting in ques to get your card recharge or wait until somebody attends you.  Technology has made everything so much for easier,No?  Tap tap. And your card’s recharge. You can also buy their goodies there.

Bonhomia’s Summer Transformation @ #LBBD Dessert Bazaar

Bonhomia Coffee Capsule box

Bonhomia Coffee Capsule box

Bonhomia, the name synonymous with gourmet coffees, brought in a summer surprise ! .. A bevy of coffees and coffee based creations at the Little Black Book’s Dessert Bazaar at Monkey Bar on 16th May (Saturday).

Bonhomia’s unique coffee blends that come in ‘Nespresso’ compatible coffee capsules delighted with a rich assortment of coffees, coffee based dessert and cocktail. There were many who savored the Bonhomia Espresso shot, Cappuccino, Americano and Vanilla Machiatto and were delighted with the Bonhomia coffee dessert and coffee based cold beverages. Bonhomia also presented new blends of Black Veil (full bodied dark espresso) and Organic Bliss (organic espresso) for the connoisseurs.

One could indulge in a cocktail with Espresso Vanilla Martini (A rich vanilla flavoured espresso crafted with Bonhomia’s Artisan blend Coffee Capsules spiked with Vodka) and the not so traditional Cold Coffee (Ice coffee crafted with Black Veil Coffee Capsules) that brought the soaring temperatures down; the handcrafted Coffee Dessert in the form of an artisnal Ice Cream named Affogato (Vanilla Icecream drowned in Bonhomia Dark Deeds Espresso shot in association with ScoopsNSticks) was a delectable discovery.

 

Dark Deeds Coffee Capsules

Dark Deeds Coffee Capsules

Let’s take you to a tour of their coffee’s and their details:

Freelove:

Our 100% Arabica gourmet blend offers an extra-smooth body and an aroma that is piquantly poised between sweet and spicy notes. The fragrance hints at a tinge of dried apricot mixed with a whiff of delicious wine, enhancing its exquisite flavor.

Dark Deeds:

Our gourmet blend of all things dark and delicious is the perfect example of what can transpire when two good things come together to make something quite special. This confluence of Arabica & Robusta gives you a deep and dark espresso like none other. 

Fresh espresso shot with froth

Fresh espresso shot with froth

Black Veil: 

Sourced from the finest royal estates of Mysore, our 100% Arabica roast will uplift your senses. Intense and alluring, with spicy undertones, this full bodied dark espresso emanates an aroma of woody notes and boasts of a perfectly textured golden crema. With glimpses of Cocao and Citrus in a fresh tingling aftertaste, this pure coffee  will surely make your mornings and late evenings intensely perfect.

Me having my Black veil Cold Coffee

Me having my Black veil Cold Coffee

Besides the above, they have worked with infusions as well in their coffee’s with subtle overnotes of Chocolate, Vanilla and Hazelnut.

Vanilla – Artisan Blend:

Our range of Artisan coffees are exquisitely crafted to conquer your senses with an elevated coffee experience. This decadent espresso spiked with a subtle hint of vanilla weaves its creamy, mellow magic to perfection. With its beautiful buttery aftertaste and flavors that warm the heart, our Vanilla Artisan coffee works brilliantly as a dessert coffee; best enjoyed after a meal.  

Coffee Dessert

Coffee Dessert

Chocolate – Artisan Blend: 

Our range of Artisan coffees are exquisitely crafted to conquer your senses with an elevated coffee experience. Decadent and deep, this classic blend reinvents itself by pairing cocoa nibs with refined single origin coffee. Poignant notes of superior chocolate flood the palate with their charm and majesty, while our indulgent espresso enchants the spirit. Deliciously dark and bittersweet, this makes for a sinful dessert coffee bringing fine meals to a close on tables around the world.  

Coffee Boxes stacked up

Coffee Boxes stacked up

Fisher & Paykel associates with Fiesta Latina 2015

The Leela Ambience Gurgaon, in association with Fisher & Paykel appliances, brings to you the Fiesta Latina Festival, 2015. Get ready to salsa with Latin parties, feasts and dance performances which will elevate your soul and ignite your senses, again this year.

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The opening cocktail party of the month long festival happened on April 7, 2015. The main attraction of cocktail party was live cooking at the Fisher & Paykel kitchen where Latin American guest chefs prepared delicacies for the guests.  The event witnessed huge success with a spectacular turnout and tremendous interaction with the high profile guests.

 

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In this festival you will experience diverse and vibrant Latin American cuisines at spectra our all day dining restaurant-during lunch and dinner buffet from April 6-19, 2015 with the ambassadors of Latin cuisines themselves. To start with Chef Gerardo Vazquez Lugo from Mexico, Chef Juan Pablo De la Torre of Peru, Chef Carlos Alberto Mardones from Chile and our in house chefs Ramon Salto, Pablo Moralis and Christian Caberra who are true masters of cuisines will be part of this festival.

 

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The festivities will continue, with the Latin dance performance and live cooking by our chefs, at Ambience Mall on April 11th & 12th, 2015, the chefs will be showcasing their craft in the Fisher & Paykel social kitchen, which are New Zealand based innovators, Fisher & Paykel, believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home.

 

At the event, Sanjeev Wadhwa, Country Manager – Fisher &Paykel, said, “At Fisher & Paykel, we advocate the Social Kitchen – make memories while you cook. Our products are created to enable more convenient solutions while eliminating unnecessary efforts in the kitchen space. Our appliances allow the chef – budding or professional – to create delicacies of any nature – be it slow roasting a leg of lamb in our Red Dot design winning Oven or steaming dumplings in the steam oven. It gives us great pleasure to partner in this festival – having renowned international chefs demonstrate their passion for food, and encourage that zeal in others, reinforces our beliefs – Eat. Share. Live Life!”

 

Taking their intimate knowledge of the kitchen, the brand brings to India the latest in appliance technology through its ergonomically designed range aimed at providing effortless convenience. Apart from its range of cooking hobs, refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers and coffee makes, the innovative product range also includes the Cool Drawer which allows the ingredients to remain fresh with its multi temperature setting from pantry to freezer.

 

Commenting about the festival, Michel Koopman, General Manager – The Leela Ambience Gurgaon said, We are extremely happy to have this festival again in our hotel. It is an opportunity for our guests experience the cuisine, culture and heritage of Latin American countries.

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DLF Place Food Run

#DLFPlaceFoodRun Destination 1- Chili's

#DLFPlaceFoodRun Destination 1- Chili’s

It was a marathon worthy of every foodie’s dream, as DLF Place, Saket organized a one of a kind food crawl at the mall on April 18th, Saturday. The best of restaurants came together with their finest dishes, drinks and offerings for an afternoon packed with food. The event saw participants scampering around after a flag off at Chili’s by Ms. Benu Sehgal, Mall Head, DLF Place Saket. Quesadillas, Chicken wings and Margaritas were flowing at the kick off.

Chili's

Chili’s

Spinach queso at Chili's

Spinach queso at Chili’s

Nachos

Nachos

Margarita at Chili's

Margarita at Chili’s

After appetisers and Margaritas at Chili’s, the relay quickly moved to the newly launched Mahabelly with its authentic Kerala cuisine.

Mahabelly #Destination 2

Mahabelly #Destination 2

Mutton Biryani

Mutton Biryani

Veg Thali at Mahabelly

Veg Thali at Mahabelly

Post drinks and course one, the foodies moved on to Hard Rock Café with tips from behind the bar and a mixology master class by their bartenders. This leg of the run saw guests making everything from an LIIT to a smoothie!

Hard Rock Cafe, Destination 3

Hard Rock Cafe, Destination 3

Cocktail making session

Cocktail making session

Finally things finished on a sweet note with desserts and coffee at Café Delhi Heights over Tiramisus, Cappuccinos and conversations.

Last destination Cafe Deli heights

Last destination Cafe Deli heights

With the ‘DLF Place Food Run’, DLF Place reiterated its position as the place to be for those stepping out for delicious food and cocktails with choices galore.

Event date – 18th April 2015, Saturday

Event time – 2 pm

Address – DLF Place,A4, Saket District Centre, Press Enclave Road, Saket, New Delhi, Delhi 110017

About DLF Place, Saket:

Sprawled over 7,50,000 sq. ft., DLF Place, Saket is a premium lifestyle destination which promises to provide a consistent, vibrant shopping and entertainment experience in the heart of New Delhi. Over the last six years, DLF Place, Saket has created a firm mark for itself in the shopping landscape of Delhi by hosting some of the best names in fashion, and also the entire gamut of jewellery and skin care; books, gifts and music; kids’ brands and entertainment; and the best of Delhi’s culinary offerings. A distinctive spectrum of luxury brands, premium designers, and high street labels makes it the ultimate lifestyle experience for all retail and entertainment needs across more than 150 retail points. DLF Place consistently provides world-class customer service to its patrons.

Wendy’s is here!!! #WendysIndia

Wendy's at sector 29 Gurgaon

Wendy’s at sector 29 Gurgaon

America’s favourite and world renowned Wendy’s makes it’s way to India. Yes, everyone you read it right! Wendy’s has opened it’s first outlet in Gurgaon Sector 29, Leisure Valley market and is ready to open it’s door for the public of Delhi/NCR on 6th of May 2015.

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Logo

Let me take you back in the year 1969 and tell you a small story about wendy’s.

1969- First Wendy’s (November)

1970- Wendy’s introduces a pick up window (November)

1975- First Canadian Restaurant (September)

1976- Wendy’s goes public (September)

1976- 500th Wendy’s open (December)

1977- First television commercial (April)

1978- 1,000th Wendy’s open (March)

1979- Salad bar introduced (November)

1980- 2,000th Wendy’s open (November)

1981- Wendy’s join NYSE (May)

1983- Baked potatoes added to the menu (October)

1984- “Where’s the Beef” (January)

1984- Wendy’s turn 15 (November)

1985- 3,000th Wendy’s opens (February)

1989- Dave Thomas advertising campaign (April)

1989- Super value meal launched (October)

1990- Grilled Chicken Sandwich (Summer)…..

2013- Stock of the year &

2015- Wendy’s comes to India!!!

First Wendy's Outlet

First Wendy’s Outlet

The place is very well decorated and smartly used. It has the space for about 60-70 people who can properly sit and eat unlike standing and eating. They have high table as well with chairs if someone doesn’t gets a table which is equally comfortable. This place has a unique combination of Coke studio playing in the background with an all american atmosphere and food. You don’t have to cue up and wait for your order, the servers will give you a token number along with your bill and the food will be served on your table which is not usually seen in any of the QSR chains. Cleanliness and efficiency in each and everything can be spotted.

Interiors

Interiors

Follow a few simple steps and place your order without any fuss- the moment you enter from the front door, you see the cash counter where you can place your order. So once you place your order, an order number would be provided along with a bill and you will be asked to get a seat for yourself and the order will come on your table. Yes, unlike any other burger place you don’t have to wait at the counter for your order. It takes maximum 5-6 minutes and you get your burger in a proper ceramic plate, where you don’t have to unwrap it from the paper. It is as if you are sitting in a restaurant serving any other cuisine which comes to your table with proper plating.

Baconator burger, Chicken Chilli, Cherry Cola, Cash Counter

Baconator burger, Chicken Chilli, Cherry Cola, Cash Counter

Kitchen area (they make their own cola), Fries with cheese and Bacon, Frosty topped with caramela nd banana, Cucumber fizz, Aloo crunch in the making, Ultimate paneer patty in the making and Chicken ranch salad

Kitchen area (they make their own cola), Fries with cheese and Bacon, Frosty topped with caramela nd banana, Cucumber fizz, Aloo crunch in the making, Ultimate paneer patty in the making and Chicken ranch salad

I know by now you must tempted enough and without delaying more let me take you to a short trip of the menu I tried and what all you should eat when in Wendy’s.

Vegetarians grub- Spicy Aloo Crunch ( with regular bun and spicy skinned baby potatoes coated with in house masala topping, this burger can turn a carnivore into veggie lover and you won’t even complaint. This is a must have!) Ultimate Paneer (another winner from the veg section, this has a thick piece of paneer (cottage cheese) in it with toppings and brioche bun which makes it simply perfect)

Non-Vegetarians delight- Ghost Chilli, Baconator, Chicken ranch salad and Greek mutton. I’m already drooling while writing these names, as the name suggests the ghost chilli is made of naga chilli in them but doesn’t kill your palate with the extra chilli flavor. Baconator being a baconator is an awesome burger for every bacon lover because it gives a good amount of meat in it without compromising on the flavor or sauces. And the surprise element of the complete menu is “Salad”. A QSR selling salads is first and boy oh boy, the salads are nothing less than WOW!.

Drinks- they have 5 fizzy drinks that are different, refreshing and chilled. I tried watermelon cooler and cucumber fizz and they both were better than most of the mojito’s or mocktails you get in any of the cafe’s. They are more like a cafe than a regular fast food joint. They have a huge variety of hot and cold drinks and use 100% Arabic beans for their coffee. The cold drinks are made of Monin natural flavors including cucmber and watermelon.

Ultimate paneer, aloo crunch, ultimate mutton and ghost chilli

Ultimate paneer, aloo crunch, ultimate mutton and ghost chilli

If you know about Wendy’s then you would definitely know about the reason behind these square buns. It is because Dave Thomas figured out that is the best way to cook them. It also reminded him of his favorite restaurant when he was growing up. In India, they are the first ones to do square patties and also square buns. I took a round of the kitchen and I must say that I have never ever seen such organised, clean and well equipped kitchen of a fast food joint. You can get a better kitchen in probably a 5-star hotel but getting such a high tech kitchen where non veg and veg section are not only separated in terms of equipment but also in terms of the kitchen staff and their clothes.

Good to be Sqaure

Good to be Square

Wendy’s is launching officially on 6th May 2015 with loads of fun activities lined up for everyone!

 Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

Le Meridien Debuts In The Bustling Millennium City Of Gurgaon

A night when Gurgaon was filled with the glitterati of Delhi and its charm, a night when “Le Meridien” opened its doors for the people of NCR with its all new property. Erstwhile Pullman is now Le Meridien Gurgaon. The event was attended by who’s who of the Delhi and Gurgaon, F&B industry, Fashion Industry,Social Media influencers, Media personalities and Bloggers in particular.

Le Meridien Gurgaon

Le Meridien Gurgaon

Le Méridien Gurgaon, Delhi NCR opened its doors with the brand’s signature First Night celebrations, drawing a glitterati of curious minded guests from Gurgaon and Delhi. French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague, a LM100 member and the brand’s global music partner, infused the Hub with their live beats, transforming the space into a completely social sphere. Flying in from the UK, The People Pile engaged guests with their alternative and energetic technical dance performances. In addition, the evening included an art performance that recalls traces of Gurgaon history; a tantalizing culinary repertoire, including local flavored éclairs;and sparkling drinks that kept spirits high.

Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague

Champagne flowed like water, people were grooving to the music or just swaying to the vibe of the place. Good food, good music, vibrant place and happy staff, what else do you want? And here I would like it mention one thing particularly and that is the food. The food was outstanding, from sushi to salads to desserts everything was perfect. Unlike other launches or parties where food often takes a back seat and the explanation is, there were too many people and satisfying each one is difficult or the kitchen wasn’t prepared. But here at Le Meridien Gurgaon, everything was on the spot! No bad food or inefficient service, quick refills and superbly prepared food. The taste was as good as it would have been otherwise in the regular days.

French Bossa Nova Band

French Bossa Nova Band

My dessert plate

My dessert plate

Owned by Oriental South Delhi Hotels Private Limited, Le Méridien Gurgaon is strategically located within the bustling business hub of Gurgaon, offering convenient access to major corporate parks and thoroughfares, such as Global Business Park, DLF Cyber City and Golf Course Road. It also lies within close proximity to notable cultural centers, including Epicenter, Kingdom of Dreams as well as renowned art galleries. The hotel exemplifies the perfect combination of style and comfort to unlock Gurgaon, which has emerged as a melting pot of ethnicities with an enriched local culture and a variety of arts, music, cuisine and cultural festivities.

The hotel features 285 guestrooms, including 22 suites, with contemporary furnishings; a renovated signature dining venue, Latest Recipe; and a new Longitude bar. Guests will immediately be enthralled by a modern façade, which opens into the hotel’s signature and award-winning arrival experience, Le Méridien Hub™.

Re-interpreting the traditional lobby into a social gathering place, the Hub experience is defined by four unique elements: large-scale artwork in high impact areas; the sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien’s signature scent, sound and use of light; UNLOCK ART™ program, featuring artist designed key card collections that offer access to a local art gallery; and a 24-hour curated soundtrack by French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague. Le Méridien Hub™ also features the signature Master Barista, a role designed to meet the growing demands of coffee lovers at every Le Méridien hotel worldwide. The Master Baristas lead coffee-related initiatives at each hotel, serve as a coffee cultural ambassador, and maintain knowledge of current coffee trends within the destination.

Other hotel amenities include 1,600 square meters of conference and meeting space, encompassing a divisible grand ballroom with an 8 meter tall ceiling and area of 390 square meters that opens to well landscaped lawns; a well-equipped Fitness Center and pool; a tranquil spa; and a bar, Ikandy, setting the after-dark scene with live music, transformative lighting and innovative offerings.

Interiors at Le Meridien Gurgaon

Interiors at Le Meridien Gurgaon

The People Pile

The People Pile

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