Posts Tagged ‘Indian Theme Party’

I had the privilege, recently,  to partner with The Ritz Carlton Coconut Groves in creating, successfully, an Elegant & Authentic Indian Themed  Pop Up Restaurant at their Signature Restaurant, Biscaya.

I learnt right away, from the start, that the reputation of the “Ritz Carlton “brand  is no accident… but the results of a Great Business & Customer Service Philosophy they live by at every step of the way. I experienced it, first hand, behind the scenes,  working with such …a Great Team of professionals of the Ritz Carlton Coconut Groves, …from the Wonderful Tatiana Lora, the Public Relations Manager of the Ritz Carlton Coconut Groves & Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, …The Talented & Creative Executive Chef Ramesh Kaduru,  …Matthew the F&B Manager & his Team, …to The General Manager of the Ritz Carlton Jacqueline with the Super Genuine Smile & the Best Attitude ( a Rare Gem Woman in a Male Dominated Position as Hotel General Manager )

Back to the pop up restaurant,

I am not a food writer but a food Passionate Lover, so it was natural for me to positively connect with the Ritz Carlton Coconut Groves Team and jump on board of their ” Passage to India” Project

One thing is for sure,

this is OBVIOUSLY not your typical Neighborhood Indian Restaurant …..EXCEPT for the  PRICES …..which are very much affordable  with many Entrees under $18.

The Executive Chef Ramesh Kaduru & his Team did REALLY A FANTASTIC JOB in MASTERING what the Indian Cuisine is all about and offering it in a Creative & Accessible Way…..

The Passage To India Pop up restaurant is scheduled for 1 Month only,  from OCT 3rd to NOV 3rd, Thursday to Sunday. Entertainment: Tabla & Sitar Musicians, Bollywood Dancer based on the day you go

Hopefully, it is successful ( $$$ ) enough to strech it a bit longer longer.

Such a Quality Indian Cuisine offering by the Riz carlton & Chef Ramesh Kaduru is really a great addition to South Florida International Cuisine Scene


Few Pictures Below of the Preview Night,

Live Camels greeting the Guests at The Opening Preview Night

Cocktail Time at The Lobby, an Over Size Peacock Jeweled Vase as a Focal Point

The Passage to India, …Literally 🙂

Pictures of the Dishes & the Chef , below from Newtimes Miami

the Menu


Mini Vegetable Anardana Samosas, Tamarind chutney

Indian style Mini Flat bread, coriander chutney

Pani Poori Shooters

Mixed Vegetable Pakora, Mint chutney

Grilled masala papadams

Chaat masala

Masala Dosa served with coconut chutney and Samabar

Kanchipuram Idli served with Ginger chutney and Sambhar

Chicken Tikka

Seekh kebab (minced lamb and chicken kebab)

Amritsar Machala fingers (Indian style fish fingers) with a duo of Mint Chutney, Onion chutney


Yellow Turmeric spiked Lentil soup, crispy papadam

Tandoori marinated cilantro chicken Barley soup


Onions, green pepper, tomato, cucumber and cilantro salad

Garlic Flat Naan bread, spinach, frise salad, cumin, cilantro champagne vinaigrette

Main Course

Vegetarian options
Everything served with cumin scented rice

Aloo Choole
Potato, chick peas stew

Malai kofta curry
Succulent deep fried potato and cheese dumplings in a rich almond gravy

Bhindi Masala
Indian Stir fried okra with onions

Panner tikka masala
An Indian classic of cottage cheese in a tomato based gravy

Dal Makhani
A rich Indian Lentil preparation of slow cooked black lentils and kidney beans

Non-Vegetarian Options

Lamb Rogan Josh
A traditional Kashmiri preparation of meat cooked with browned onions, Kashmiri chilies and yoghurt based sauce

Chicken tikka masala
Marinated cubes of chicken cooked on a charcoal grill and served with a creamy tomato sauce

Masala Shrimp
Masala marinated Shrimp, Tomato and Onion Gravy

Mixed Biryani
Marinated lamb, Chicken and shrimp slowly cooked in Basmati rice with variety of vegetables

Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryan
Green peas pulav


Tawa Paratha
Stuffed tawa paratha
Garlic naan


Gulab Jamoon and Vanilla Icecrem
Warm dumplings in a rose scented syrup served with vanilla Ice cream

Ras Malai
Chilled cottage cheese dumplings in a saffron flavored milk

Pista Kulfi
Frozen Indian ice cream with pistachio

Vermicelli pudding


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A  Tribute to the Polish – Indian Relations & Friends

The International Polonaise Ball is organized by the American Institute of Polish Culture under the auspices of the Ambassador of Poland. This annual event is held in Miami, Florida and serves as a fundraiser for the Institute. Each year the Ball honors Poland, her culture, and her people and pays tribute to Poland’s friendship with different nations.

This Year, 2013, i was honored to work with  Mrs. Blanka A. Rosenstiel, the founder of the American Institute of Polish Culture (AIPC)  & Mrs Beata in honoring the long cooperation between Poland and India and the contributions each have made to the other’s history and growth in culture and education

…..You guessed it,

Our part was to artistically & modestly to  incorporate the Indian Theme with the Polonaise.

Below is sample of the event

Click here for more sample pictures

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Once again,  we have been privileged and honored to be part of the success of the 3rd Annual Sunil”s Home Orphanage ” A Night In Bollywood ” Extravaganza  benefiting the homeless children in India.

It is always an easy decision to partner with this young organization when you know that 100% of Ticket sales and donations go directly to the homeless childrenn in India and the Children at Sunil’s Home Orphanage.

“Sunil’s Home was established in 2006 to address the critical, increasing needs of orphans in India. Believing that every child deserves a loving home, adequate living conditions, quality medical care, education, and opportunities to develop and realize his/her fullest potential, staff and volunteers of Sunil’s Home commit their time, talents, and resources to help orphans transform their lives and the lives of future generations. Herbert Hoover once said that “Children are our most valuable, natural resource.”  We believe they deserve to be protected, nurtured, and treasured. Together we work towards this vision.” sunil”s home website, http://www.sunilshome.com

Few Pictures below to Share of a successful Indian Bollywood Themed Event , More to come


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