It was a fine spring afternoon on the 18th of March, as the connoisseurs and dignitaries of theatre, literature, art, movies and food all gathered together to attend the event of ‘Soul Food’ organized by Blu, Aauris. The innovative concept of serving authentic Anglo-Indian cuisine taking inspirations from the culinary nuances of the British Raj was further brightened up by the mellifluous rendition of verses of Dickens, Dahl, Esquiver et al by Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee and Baishali Chatterjee Dutt. The idea of food over poetry could not have been more aptly called ‘Soul Food’ as both food and literature happens to be the core of every true Bengali and a Kolkatan.
The delectable menu for lunch was designed with much care and expertise by Chef Sujit Mondal. From pies to calderon, from cutlets to dodol (red wine poached dessert)- the menu had it all! The starry audience with legendary dancers Mamata Shankar, Alakananda Roy, designer Sarbari Dutta, painter Wasim Kapoor, the very well known Barun Chanda, Tota Roychowdhury and many more dug onto a hearty lunch over the fine verses and conversations.
The afternoon started with Mushroom Pies, Fish Cutlets, Soups and salads, moved onto Chicken Calderon with Rice Pilaf, and ended with poached pears in red wine on top of bread butter pudding endearingly called Dodol. Things could not be more perfect than this!
The entire event was orchestrated wonderfully and brought wide smiles to faces and everyone finally left with a lingering note of Dickens and Dodol… ah that is what Soul Food is about!
Blongshong was honoured and privileged to be a part of this event.
Devlina, in her own words, is “Just another Bengali woman proud of her Rabindrasangeet and Rosogolla roots ….. a psychiatry resident, still picking up the shells on the Freudian shore !”
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