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Fine dine with strangers, make new friends

Fine dining has moved indoors, into the comfortable precincts of a home and comes at half the price of a restaurant meal as the city embraces its first-ever supper club for strangers.

mumbai Updated: Jan 28, 2010 00:26 IST
Bhairavi Jhaveri

Fine dining has moved indoors, into the comfortable precincts of a home and comes at half the price of a restaurant meal as the city embraces its first-ever supper club for strangers.

Brown Paper Bag (BPB), a lifestyle website founded by Kanika Parab (27) and Mansi Poddar (27), has introduced the city’s foodie circuit to Turning Tables, a monthly supper club that sees a diverse group of perfect strangers coming together over good food and light banter.

“The people of this city are always starved of new ways to meet people and the supper club is an innovative way to make new friends,” said Parab.

A BPB subscriber volunteers to host the club at their home and a celebrity chef is invited to cook for the guests, the duo explained. While kitchen clubs around the world are created by upcoming chefs, who can’t afford to open full-fledged restaurants, the novelty of BPB’s Turning Tables lies in the feature that an established chef cooks for the club.

The first Turning Tables at a BPB subscriber’s Churchgate home on December 22, saw Kshama Prabhu, the chef at Lower Parel’s The Tasting Room, whip up a delicious spread for a group of 20.

The next one is scheduled on January 29 at the Kemp’s Corner home of Blue Frog partner, Srila Chatterjee. Blue Frog’s head chef, Mrigank Singh, will stir up a fresh menu.

“I am very excited as it’s a chance for me to interact with new people, who love food, get instant feedback, and even experiment with my cooking,” said Singh.

For invites, subscribers of BPB get a heads up as upcoming supper club details are posted on BPB’s weekend guide, mailed to subscribers every Friday. “Whoever is interested, writes in and we pick 20-odd guests” explained Poddar. “We are careful in picking a healthy mix of people. For our next supper, we have a 24-year-old pilot, an editor-in-chief of a magazine, a filmmaker, a doctor and a financial consultant, among others,” said Poddar.

Though invitees can bring a guest, most are comfortable coming solo and mingling with an unfamiliar crowd, said Parab.

“At the first one, a 23-year-old girl came all alone, brought along her own bottle of whisky, didn’t know anyone in the room and she didn’t care at all,” said Parab, adding, “This is a sure sign of how adventurous Mumbaiites have become.”

(Guests pay Rs 700 per head as cover charge for the four to seven-course meal. For details, log on to bpbweekend.com or e-mail guide@bpbweekend.com)