We had the opportunity to cater to a destination wedding for 300 guests in the romantic city of Lisbon, which is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, with an estimated population of 500,000, it’s the 10th-most populous urban area in the European Union.
Meera& Prashant desired a dream wedding in Balearic Island Ibiza, a beautiful city often referred to as the “paradise for party people”.
Planning began six months before “W-day”with a couple of recce visits,to search for support systems. Placeto prepare food,Suppliers for fresh produce likevegetables, meats and groceries.
The supply chain there waswanting, as there were no vendors who could provide groceries or vegetables for Indian cuisine. We had to work smarter in sourcing the ingredients. Our savior was the city of London and the delivery was brought via Barcelona on a cargo ship.
Mr. Shah himself sourced even the pots and pans used from Mumbai after making several visits there. They were shipped two months prior to the event and after the long journey at sea they arrived just at nick of time for the wedding.
Several kitchen spaces for our “production base” were identified and out of three we finally selected an industrial township, which was specially restructured and equipped for us. They even made way for our Tandoors by shifting their existing equipment.
Fond memories of a very helpful team commandeered by Chef.
Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest’s extensive world heritage sites includes the banks of river Danube, the Buda castle, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes square& Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest metro line in the world. It has an old world charm; cobbled streets and most of the buildings are a piece of art.
(11th – 15th June, 2015)
Venice is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world for its celebrated art and architecture. It is regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities and is listed as “World’s Heritage Site”, along with its lagoon.
It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon, which stretches along the Adriatic sea shoreline, between the mouths of the PO and the Piave Rivers, to a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.
Comparing with other destination weddings done by us in different parts of Europe, this was by far the most challenging and nerve racking.
Each and every pellet that came from India, in the container carrying our equipment like tandoors, kadhais, patilla, dosa plates etc. were all brought to the island on a boat where it was offloaded by a fork lift (that too on a boat) to the Island of St.Clemente and newly built JW Marriot Hotel.
Our teams were split in two different hotels serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Logistics were a nightmare as our staff was living in different hotels and had to catch water taxis at different hours of the day & night. Continue reading
Monaco is a sovereign city-state located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. France borders it on three sides and one side borders the Mediterranean Sea. It is the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world.
It’s mild climate, village like charm, splendid scenery, and gambling facilities have contributed to Monaco’s status as a premier tourist destination and recreation centre for the rich and famous. There is no income tax and being a tax haven many billionaires have built their homes. Continue reading
A few days ago I was over at a friends for dinner, we must have been 50 of us partying in the magical settings of her beautiful lawn and warm home. While it’s always great fun to hang with friends what made everything perfect was the excellent food and service that evening .The pass arounds caught my palate – excellent Mutton Pathar Kabas , Goan Spiced Prawns ( not very Goan , but excellent ) ,and melt in the mouth kakoris . I stuck with the non veterinarian options probably because I knew Navratras were on the next day !
Dinner was exceptional . I had pigged out on the snacks but that has never held me back …Mutton Chops and Taar meat were fabulous as was the old fashioned Butter Chicken. Fish Moiley I was indifferent to , but the Chettinad Chicken more than made up for that .Egg Chili Appams , Veg Stew and Paneer Dahi Khurchan Fry again superb stuff . Moradabadi dal , Hydrabadi Mirchi Ka Salan and Kathal Biryani were delicious. I loved , absolutely loved the Paratha Station specially the Keema and unda Parathas . Milk Cake Khurchan was a winner all the way .
A perfect meal with exceptional service , both at the bar and while serving made my friends party a big success . Puneet Sikand excelled himself that evening – his food has always been consistently superb , and that evening he once again rose to the occasion . I think seriously he is one of the best today as he has been for a long time.
In case you are wondering – we aren’t related !
In a country where rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.
Sounds like a perfect place for a destination wedding!
A destination wedding at the stand-alone Hotel Shangri-La in Kota Kina Balu in summers was a learning experience for The Kitchen Art team. Humid & Hot!
Here are some captures of the event.
Facing the South China Sea this hotel witnesses some amazing jaw dropping sunsets.
View of the hotel
Our make shift kitchen was right near the beach and under the scorching sun. Team “TKAC” had to brave this heat and humidity for 4 days. Getting ready at the base. Manish & Prasoon and the rest setting up the groceries at base. Continue reading
Mountreaux is famous for its beautiful location on Lake Geneva and the most frequented resort in the southwestern part of Switzerland. The town stretches along the shores of a large bay facing south and rises in tiers to heights covered with woods and vineyards which shelter it from the north and east winds. The mildness of its climate makes Mountreaux and its neighboring villages a climatic resort all the year round and earns it the name of Vaud Riviera for its lakeshore. Continue reading
Where the sun kissed beaches of the city, are vibrant with “millionaires” on their yachts basking under the sun.
Sound of roaring gold painted Maserati, winding in the streets. The hustle and bustle of over flowing restaurants with tourists gorging into the seafood platter and freshly shucked oysters. Continue reading
Corporate catering is a great way to get high quality meals arranged for your clients, partners or employees without the hassle of visiting a restaurant.
Important clients need that extra special attention. And when it comes to food, you certainly want to get it right. For smaller meetings, taking your clients to a good restaurant works just fine. But if the groups are larger, like a board meeting or an entire delegation to attend to, having an in house dining arrangement turns out to be more appropriate.
A catering company can set up an entire meal right inside your office premises or at another suitable venue if the first option is not feasible. Caterers dealing in corporate accounts usually have their own value additions to bring in a high quality feel into the dining experience.
In addition to providing a customized look for an event, a corporate catering service can provide several food options suiting a wide range of taste preferences.
Corporate training is also suitable for in-house meetings, training or a casual office parties – like celebrating a birthday, an annual event or festival. This way you also give your staff a well deserved break from the daily grind.
All said and done, choosing the right caterer for the job can make a big difference to the success of an event. Therefore one must carefully choose a professional with a proven track record and possibly a good referral.
The Kitchen Art Company (TKAC) is a reputed and experienced catering company, which excels in providing professional catering services, with a flair for excellence. For over a decade, it has been serving to its clients, delectable culinary experiences, and winning many accolades along the way.
For more info visit www.tkac.in