• Appetizing Events: Eatwith.com’s Private Chef Shuchi

    by  • April 6, 2014 • Appetizing Thoughts, Media Relations • 2 Comments

    Appetizer to Start the Evening: Curried Eggplant Toasties

    Appetizer to Start the Evening: Curried Eggplant Toasties

    Chef Shuchi for EatWith.com and Food Blogger at 29calories.com

    Chef Shuchi for EatWith.com and Food Blogger at 29calories.com

    Flowers

    Flowers

    NYC Skyline from Shuchi's apartment

    NYC Skyline from Shuchi's apartment

    The view of NYC's new World Trade Center

    The view of NYC's new World Trade Center

    For more of Shuchi's recipes, visit 29calories.com

    For more of Shuchi's recipes, visit 29calories.com

    Elegant libations

    Elegant libations

    Chef Shuchi working her stove.

    Chef Shuchi working her stove.

    Dal Mushroom Soup: Cumin Roasted Mushrooms, Red Lentils and Cilantro

    Dal Mushroom Soup: Cumin Roasted Mushrooms, Red Lentils and Cilantro

    Chef Shuchi presenting Chickpea Fritters

    Chef Shuchi presenting Chickpea Fritters

    Chickpea Fritters: Curried Chickpeas, Quinoa, Sriracha Aioli

    Chickpea Fritters: Curried Chickpeas, Quinoa, Sriracha Aioli

    Shuchi preparing the Chicken Chaat

    Shuchi preparing the Chicken Chaat

    Chicken Chaat: Spiced Chicken, Carom Flatbread and Kale Slaw

    Chicken Chaat: Spiced Chicken, Carom Flatbread and Kale Slaw

    Green Biryani: South African Mint Curry, Basmati Rice and Raita

    Green Biryani: South African Mint Curry, Basmati Rice and Raita

    Cardamon Pot de Creme: Cardamon Custards, Chocolate Ganache and Biscotti Biscuits

    Cardamon Pot de Creme: Cardamon Custards, Chocolate Ganache and Biscotti Biscuits

    Date Ginger Tea to quietly end the evening

    Date Ginger Tea to quietly end the evening

    Appetizer to Start the Evening: Curried Eggplant ToastiesChef Shuchi for EatWith.com and Food Blogger at 29calories.comFlowersNYC Skyline from Shuchi's apartmentThe view of NYC's new World Trade CenterFor more of Shuchi's recipes, visit 29calories.comElegant libationsChef Shuchi working her stove.Dal Mushroom Soup: Cumin Roasted Mushrooms, Red Lentils and CilantroChef Shuchi presenting Chickpea FrittersChickpea Fritters: Curried Chickpeas, Quinoa, Sriracha AioliShuchi preparing the Chicken ChaatChicken Chaat: Spiced Chicken, Carom Flatbread and Kale SlawGreen Biryani: South African Mint Curry, Basmati Rice and RaitaCardamon Pot de Creme: Cardamon Custards, Chocolate Ganache and Biscotti BiscuitsDate Ginger Tea to quietly end the evening

    The expansive floor to ceiling windows of Shuchi Mittal’s apartment yields a swiping sunset over New York City. Cars in traffic look like toys from far above as their red lights signal a rush for uptown and the fading white lights signal a race for the Manhattan bridge. Closer to the apartment building, but still far below is a wintery landscape of barren trees and brownish-grey grass surrounding New York City’s judicial buildings. The almost completed World Trade Center’s windows reflect fading lights of pinks, purples and oranges of a setting sun. Across the river, a Brooklyn skyline emerges between Manhattan’s tall buildings. By the time the sun takes its final bow for the day, all of the guest have arrive at Mittal’s apartment for EatWith.com’s “Indian Tapas: Curry Bowls to Creative Bites.” 

    EatWith.com is a global experience of dining in the homes of personal and home chefs. It’s an opportunity to share individual stories, receive traveling tips from locals and meet new friends.  The guests at Mittal’s home included a travel writer of Lonely Planet, Connie of ConnVoyage.com and other like-minded guests with a love of food. Our host for the evening is Shuchi Mittal. She’s the author of 29Calories.com, a former banker who is now a personal chef and caterer for small events. She—along with additional chefs—create and plan food events with EatWith.com.

    When the red sun dipped below the distant horizon, we opened bottles of wine and started indulging in Mittal’s elegantly plated hor d’oeuvres on a dining table with a beautiful floral arrangement, cups of water and a typed tasting menu reading the evening’s tasting. As we introduced ourselves, Mittal drifted towards her stove to start warming Dal Mushroom Soup made of pureed cumin roasted mushrooms and red lentils (She spends at least a day preparing dishes before events). She spooned the soup into silver cups, in which each serving was garnished with a cilantro leaf. The next entree was Chickpea Fritters made of curried chickpeas, quinoa, sriracha aioli, in which the flavor subtly mimics sweet crab cakes from the Chesapeake Bay. A dish made of spiced chicken, carom flatbread and kale slaw, Chicken Chaat was presented on a thick wooden cutting board. Although, kale isn’t quite a traditional Indian ingredient, it was a colorful garnish against the chicken and flatbread. The main highlight of the meal was Green Biryani Rice Pilaf spiced with South African mint curry topped with a generous raita to tame the heat. It’s a dish inspired from Mittal husband’s South African family. Our sweet tooth was served Cardamon Pot de Creme, made of cardamom custard, chocolate ganache and biscotti biscuits. The evening ended with a gently sweetened Date Ginger Tea.

    Both travel writers who were present at Mittal’s tasting talked about their biggest hurdle of trying to communicate with locals for insider tips while exploring foreign cities. EatWith.com facilitates that task while providing homemade meals. For guests with uneasy feelings about eating in strangers’ homes, EatWith.com offers a one million dollar insurance in case of difficult meals needing medical attention.

    When traveling among popular tourist attractions, I’ve wondered what international cuisines taste like without American influences. Mittal’s Indian tapas answered my question. Her tasting offered us a glimpse of Indian dishes not found on standard menus. Instead we received a authentic homemade Indian meal while watching a transient New York City evening skyline.


     

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    2 Responses to Appetizing Events: Eatwith.com’s Private Chef Shuchi

    1. April 7, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Hi Sanura, thanks so much for the lovely writeup! Hope to see you again for one of my future meals :)

    2. normel
      April 7, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Everything looks and sounds amazingly yummy. Is there a way to have some of these amazing dishes somewhere for a foodie like myself? Thanks for sharing your experience.

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