Dubai restaurant launches festive menu crafted by hobby chefs
The specially curated 'by the community, for the community' Diwali offerings will be available throughout the month of November
Ever since the pandemic began, there's been an increased focus on community around town - and we're totally here for it.
In the latest such news, a Dubai restaurant is launching a specially curated menu in time for the festive season - but this one has been crafted by the community, for the community.
Five hobby chefs from the city were invited by Cafe Funkie Town, a family-run business with branches in JLT and Business Bay, to contribute signature dish recipe ideas for the Diwali menu - with the shortlisted ones now named after their respective contributing chef.
Hailing from varied ethnic and culinary backgrounds, the hobby chefs - namely, popular food blogger Ritu Chaturvedi, passionate cook Jyoti Narang Watchmaker, food stylist Keerti Dundoo Vodela, aspiring café owner Neha Joshi, and Season 8 winner of UAE reality cooking show Foodshala Farha Deeba - were invited to the restaurant, where partner Roshni Mithaiwalla Siddique showed them how recipes are developed, prepared and served in a commercial kitchen.
Explaining the idea behind the initiative, Zubin Mithaiwala, co-partner at Cafe Funkie Town says, "Our community has very talented cooks who come up with incredible recipes and post them on [social media]. We have collaborated with them to create a menu, which will run parallel to ours for the entire month of November."
The final menu offers both veg and non-veg options, and features dishes like Yam Kebabs by Ritu, Chicken Kohlapuri by Neha, Kathal Biryani by Jyoti, Qaboli Pulao by Farha, Motichur Cheesecake by Keerti, and more. It is priced starting at Dh49.
Farha Deeba, who works as an account manager, says, "Diwali is the festival of light and togetherness. Creating new friendships [through this initiative] is giving this Diwali extra meaning. It reminds me of childhood days with my dad, who used to celebrate Diwali with all his friends, and how we'd get so many gifts and sweets from them and the rest of the neighbourhood."
Another hobby chef Jyoti Narang Watchmaker runs a Facebook group called The Food Universe and offers cooking classes both offline and online. The expat, who wants to start a cooking school, says, "It's a great concept of giving a platform to home chefs and food enthusiasts to showcase their culinary delights and the long-lost recipes of our country."