Grandma’s recipes, regional meals, tea parties and home dining – eating out with a difference
A lot like home
Authenticook is in the business of connecting people who love cooking and those who enjoy home-cooked meals. Simply put, you can book a meal at a stranger’s home with the click of a few buttons and indulge in authentic Kannada, Tamil, Andhra, Bohri, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil and even Afghani meals. “All our home chefs are verified,” says the team. Not only can you book meals, you can sign up for cooking classes as well as market visits. The last two are a hit among travelers as it gives them an opportunity to interact with an Indian family, understand their cooking practices and food culture. Look up aunthenticook.com; HOW MUCH: Rs 500 and upward.
Started by Smita Agrawal, Shef Society curates food and tea-related events with a single aim to celebrate Indian culture. For instance, Unchi Wali Chai is their monthly series of tea and food-paired tasting soirées, where they sample both Indian and non-Indian teas. Then they host Mardi Gras-themed dinners, royal Indian dining experiences, Christmas brunches, tea ceremonies the Indian way, a Chinese and Japanese tea ceremony and many other exclusive events. Call 8747861760; HOW MUCH: From Rs 500 to Rs 2,500.
Conosh is all about making friends over food, creating unforgettable memories and a community living vibe. Wondering how? The team does two to three pop-ups every weekend by identifying passionate home chefs who want to offer a taste of their authentic cuisine at a casual home-style gathering. A home-hosted pop-up can accommodate an average of 12 to 16 diners and a maximum of 25 to 30 guests. These tables are open to people from all walks of life. Look up conosh.com; HOW MUCH: Rs300 and upward.
The Bengaluru Oota Company (BOC) is an ode to the Gowda and Mangalorean cuisines of Karnataka. Started by Divya Prabhakar and Vishal Shetty, BOC curates a menu just for you, letting you choose between a four-course and a five-course menu. The menu includes closely guarded family recipes, passed down by mothers, grandmothers and distant aunts through generations. This is a ‘By Reservation only’ space where bookings need to be made at least a day in advance either through their website or phone number. There’s more. Thanks to their catering arm, a delicious meal can also be eaten in the comfort of your home. Look up bengaluruootacompany.com or call 9448302628; HOW MUCH: Rs1,000 and above.
This story first appeared in Bangalore Mirror dated Jan 13, 2020 here: