Imagine being invited to dinner at a cozy home where a seasoned chef talks about how topography affects the taste of organic leaves on your salad plate or helps you explore and identify the umami flavours in your meal. Or better still, imagine attending a private party where everything from the exquisite bowls to the chopsticks are sourced straight from Japanese master craftsmen.
If Delhi's party planners and culinary artists are to be believed, an increasing number of millennials are now asking for all this and much more at their sophisticated soirees. Trend spotters say that opting for an intimate dinner gathering at home over clubbing or eating out at the latest hip restaurant is a sign that some diners at least crave for a more evolved and mature party experience. The nation's emerging rich also aspire to bring unrivalled luxury to the dining table.
Avni Biyani, concept head at Foodhall, an upmarket grocery store that has just launched a party chef service says, "We receive a lot of queries on how to replicate the dining out experience at home." Unsurprisingly, party caterers are now attempting to come up with brilliant gustatory and visual aesthetics to satisfy Delhi's craving for luxury.
Chef's table at home
Intend to impress a bunch of food aficionados? Call for a personalised five-star-kitchen-trained chef, who will not only dish out a crafted menu from a demo kitchen but will also conduct a chef's table while talking at length to diners about the finer points of dishes such as, say, mushroom Chettinad paniyaram and crab cakes with nigella chutney.
Chef Olivier Vincenot of Foodhall.
Where: Party Chef service by Foodhall, DLF Place Mall, Saket and DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj. Call: 41080520.
Charges: Rs 1500 approx for a main dish serving 4 people (no minimum number).
Meal with stars & style
A new service that recreates the ambience of a Michelin-starred restaurant in your home, SelectED curates not just the menu for your party but also curates everything from the décor to the music and the cutlery. No detail from the choice of candles to the glassware is overlooked and as for food, clients can ask for anything - fusion cuisine or the wildest experiments in molecular gastronomy. Incidentally, their specialty includes sarson ka saag mousse with makki bisscotti.
Where: SelectED, Call: 9999922883.
Charges: Rs 2500 per person. No minimum order.
A Victorian affair
A chef trained at some of the best restaurants in the world and a fashion connoisseur expert at crafting the mood and ambience of a party have come together to set up a luxury catering service that transports you to an era of refined sensibilities and straitlaced etiquette. From creating a long table bedecked with flowers flown from across the globe to supplying exorbitant silver cutlery and creating fun themes like the Sex and the City party, complete with a New York background, Karan and Sonam Talwar, the couple behind Kitchen Kraft ensure your party is remembered.
Where: Kitchen Kraft Catering Co. Call: 8447666166.
Charges: Rs 2,500 per person, for minimum 50 guests.
Fun themes like the Sex and the City party.
Me too Masterchef
Want to impress guests with your cooking skills? Seek out the cool recipe-in-a-box service originally from Canada, which allows you to be a great chef minus the irritating bits. All you have to do, really, is study the recipe card sent to you along with the cleaned, chopped ingredients and measured condiments, and follow instructions. Go ahead, truthfully tell your guests you were the sous chef in the kitchen!
Charges: Approx Rs 1500 per box.
Replicate the ambiance of a fine dining restaurant at your private party. And since the best eateries have that extra something in terms of entertainment, you can also opt for performers who specialise in the exotic Egyptian folk dance of Tanoura. Incidentally, Tanoura involves moves that are similar to those made by Sufi whirling dervishes. Talk about a totally hypnotic meal!
Where: Cherish Outdoor Catering, Call: 9818373837.
Charges: Rs 3000 per plate for 100 guests, Rs 30,000 for Tanoura performance.
Incorporating fresh and healthy ideas is the key.
An online catering service that saves you the hassle of preparing and planning a menu for your next party? What more could you ask for? Incorporating fresh and healthy ingredients in more than 400 dishes, buenokitchen also has predesigned packages designed by five-star chefs - so you don't have to think about every item!
Where: www.buenokitchen.com, no minimum number.
Charges: Per dish beginning from Rs 150 per head.