DineWithRoyalty – an opportunity to share a table with the royal families of India.
EatWithIndia – an inventiveness started by two food loving individuals. It took place when both of them exhausted options of finding good Indian regional food, and paved the way to create a platform where food aficionados come together for experiencing meals that are prepared by expert chefs (professional and home culinaires) and the cuisine being region specific.
With similar thoughts, they have now come up with DineWithRoyalty, wherein the erstwhile heads of Royal families will open their kitchens and let out the age old culinary secrets. We were part of the preview event held at the Embassy of Belgium, which officially announced the ‘DineWithRoyalty’ event that is to be held in October 2017.
Ambassador HE Mr. Jan Luykx
The DineWithRoyalty event had a panel discussion on “Royal Cuisines of India”, presided by food and wine writer Mr. Sourish Bhattacharya; along with eminent panel members Pushpesh Pant, food historian; Nawab Kazmi Ali Khan, Nawab of Rampur; Tikaraj Aishwarya Chandra Katoch, 489th descendant of the royal Katoch clan; Neha Prasada, author of Dining with the Maharajas: A Thousand Years of Culinary Tradition; and Sonal Saxena, co-founder, EatWithIndia. The highlight of the discussion was the insight into the Royal kitchens, and how different and distinct traditions each follow.
panel discussion on royal cuisines of India
The discussion was followed by an elaborate dinner, where food from Kangra and Rampur royal kitchens was served. EatWithIndia merchandise comprising of a range of mix spices, pickles and preservatives from the royal kitchens of India were launched on the event as well to pass on the age old magic of regional cuisines in home cooking.
The event was a pre-cursor to a gala event planned over 3 days in October 2017. Live the royal life over a meal as you share the table with 20 royal families presenting different cuisines. Well it’s not just food you will be sharing with the maharajas and maharanis, but also an insight into their lives – stories from their family history including but not limited to culinary traditions that they follow.
a soulful performance by Nizami Brothers
The plan is to setup luxury tents to replicate the royal look – each one unique in representing the heritage of the state they represent. Needless to say, the lunch and dinner over three days will be available for booking in advance and there will no walk-ins. To make the experience more enjoyable, performances by local artistes will be held before you sit down for the elaborate fare.
The concept of bringing the royal cuisines of India to the outreach of general public is praiseworthy – not everyone gets to lead the royal life, even if it is just over a meal. Bringing that to execution is a huge task that EatWithIndia has envisioned. Looking forward to the gala event in October. Stay tuned for more details.