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Event: An Evening in Kerala and a chance at free tickets

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On February 18, local Atlanta supper clubs Dinner Party Atlanta and Spice Route Supper Club have joined forces to bring you “An Evening in Kerala.” The event will be held downtown at The Grand Atrium: 200 Peachtree Street (formerly Macy’s), and the meal will be prepared by Asha Gomez – founder of the Spice Route Supper Club and former resident of Kerala, India (watch her in action on the event website).

Kerala is a state in the south-western region of India that faces the Arabian Sea. The area was a major port and subsequent player in the Euro-African-Asian spice route that traded black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger – all spices and ingredients popular in Indian cuisine.

An Evening in Kerala will be a 21-course vegetarian sadya (banquet feast) inclusive with music and dancing.  Cocktails will begin at 8 p.m. followed by dinner at 9 p.m.

I recently spoke to Asha where she dished vibrantly about Kerala cuisine and what to expect at the event.

Q: So walk me through the sadya that you plan on throwing?

AG: Well a sadya is traditionally 13 dishes or more, the one on the 18th will be comprised of 21 vegetarian dishes. The first thing that is done is that banana leaves will be quickly run through flames to release the oils, as well as their pleasant aroma. The leaves will also develop a sheen, and then they will be laid down and used as plates, like it is traditionally done in Kerala.

Q: Is there a particular sequence that a sadya follows?

AG: Indeed! The meal usually begins with milder dishes and progresses into richer ones. First, we will lay out dried condiments such as dried banana and jackfruit chips followed by a small serving of rice, yellow lentil dal, and papadum (thin wafer bread) with ghee (clarified butter).

And then a rice and sambal (savory spicy soup) dish will be served followed by a series of yogurt-based curries, or pachadi as it’s called in Kerala. The vegetable dishes in the pachadi are very vibrant, which is the basic idea of a sadya. The leaves are your canvas and you fill it with colorful food like carrots, beets, pumpkin, cucumbers and okra.

Then following the pachadi will be thoran, which are sautéed vegetables such as curry leaves cooked in coconut oil. Thereafter I will do a different set of dishes that are not traditionally sadya but more demonstrative of my style. And of course, a dessert will follow along with chai tea.

Q: And what else can participants expect?

AG: There will be different segments of dances throughout the meal, and an MC will walk through the history of Kerala. And like a true sadya, non-alcoholic fruit drinks flavored with spices will be served as well.

A chance at free tickets for An Evening in Kerala

Does that make you hungry? In conjunction with the event, the AJC dining team will be giving away two free tickets at a value of $100 per ticket to one of you lucky readers.

To qualify, the first 50 comments that are submitted for this blog post will be entered in the drawing; then one name will be randomly selected sometime thereafter. Please ensure that you provide your correct email when you comment so that your confirmation can be delivered.  Duplicate submissions will be discarded.

Otherwise tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased here. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Raksha, a Georgia non-profit serving the South Asian community.

Gene-Lee-Tagline- by Gene Lee, Food and More blog

– Gene Lee writes about International Cuisine for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Eat, Drink, Man… A Food Journal.

63 comments Add your comment

Marny

February 9th, 2011
9:02 am

This sounds amazing! I’d love to try it.

Rekha

February 9th, 2011
9:16 am

This will be a very exciting evening. I am sure it will be a sold-out event. Looking forward to it.

Steve

February 9th, 2011
9:29 am

I’d love to check this out! Sounds very cool

Audrey

February 9th, 2011
9:29 am

I would love to go!

Diana

February 9th, 2011
9:29 am

Finally a supper club style evening with a vegetarian menu! Sounds delicious.

Kate

February 9th, 2011
9:39 am

This sounds amazing! I love veg Indian food!

Christine

February 9th, 2011
9:39 am

Sounds spicy & delicious!

Dana

February 9th, 2011
9:39 am

I would love to try this place! The website really has me sold on the food and the experience. I hope that I win.

Nagz

February 9th, 2011
9:40 am

Good food + beautiful venue = successful dinner party! I wanna go!

Christine

February 9th, 2011
9:41 am

Sounds spiciliy delicious!

Jenn

February 9th, 2011
9:41 am

Expanding my knowledge of Desi cuisine is always a delicious journey. This sounds like it’ll be quite an experience.

Christine

February 9th, 2011
9:43 am

I would love to go since I was born in Kerala!

Cyn

February 9th, 2011
9:48 am

I would love to go since I am Malayalee and from Kerala.

Amy

February 9th, 2011
9:50 am

Looks interesting.

Amy W.

February 9th, 2011
9:50 am

This sounds amazing and I would love to attend!

JoanVictoria

February 9th, 2011
9:51 am

I’ve wanted to experience the Spiceroute dinner party for awhile now, but haven’t been able to work it in my budget. I’d be so happy if I win!

CWally

February 9th, 2011
9:52 am

That does sound like an amazing evening!

T_Ro_Dub

February 9th, 2011
9:54 am

This sounds incredible!

Katie

February 9th, 2011
9:54 am

Yum, what a feast!

Lisa

February 9th, 2011
9:54 am

JoanVictoria

February 9th, 2011
9:55 am

I would love to experience a sadya! I have wanted to attend a Spiceroute Supper.

Rich

February 9th, 2011
9:55 am

You had me at Kerala.

lauren

February 9th, 2011
9:57 am

21-course vegetarian sadya? Yes please!

KoPP

February 9th, 2011
9:59 am

Kara

February 9th, 2011
10:01 am

Have been coveting a seat at the Spice Route Supper Club for some time now. Would love to learn more about this intriguing cuisine!

Kara

February 9th, 2011
10:08 am

Have been coveting a seat at the Spice Route Supper Club for some time now…pick me, please!

Brawner

February 9th, 2011
10:14 am

Oooh! Sounds wonderful!

jkowall

February 9th, 2011
10:15 am

This looks fantastic. I will be attending even if I don’t win the tickets :)

Maggie Rentz

February 9th, 2011
10:16 am

We love these guys and would love love love to go!!

qwerty

February 9th, 2011
10:18 am

Chris

February 9th, 2011
10:18 am

Wife and I wanted to go to this, but couldn’t justify spending $200 for it :(

M

February 9th, 2011
10:19 am

Sounds good!

Greg

February 9th, 2011
10:21 am

Yes please!?

Amrit B

February 9th, 2011
10:23 am

I’d love to attend this, hopefully I win!

Fuad

February 9th, 2011
10:24 am

South Indian delicacies!! I am in …

Mirvat Sylvi Alam-Hasan

February 9th, 2011
10:25 am

Can’t wait….I hope I win some tickets!!

Trina M

February 9th, 2011
10:29 am

I love this food!!! This sounds absolutely delicious and my husband and I would love to go. We love the smell of curry and India spices.

Nick

February 9th, 2011
10:30 am

Sounds like a great time!

Kwadjo

February 9th, 2011
10:31 am

I want to go.

Daniel Roberts

February 9th, 2011
10:31 am

I’ve always been so fascinated by Kerala and it’s food. I’m sure this will be a remarkable dinner to attend. Free tickets would make it even better.

Sarah

February 9th, 2011
10:34 am

Just great. You’ve already got my mouth watering for the pachadi and it’s not even lunchtime yet. Seriously, this sounds like a wonderful event, and winning tickets would mean a long overdue night out for me and my husband.

Shana

February 9th, 2011
10:37 am

I would love the chance to go to this!!!

Jori

February 9th, 2011
10:38 am

I think this sounds like a very delicious culturally innovative evening!

Debbie

February 9th, 2011
10:40 am

Wow a dining event I can attend since it is vegetarian. Would love a chance to attend.

Wilton

February 9th, 2011
10:40 am

This sounds very interesting. After watching “Ramsey’s Best” on BBC and seeing the Indian restaurant in the competition, I’ve been hankering for this food as of late.

Tori

February 9th, 2011
10:41 am

I want to go to there!

Kar

February 9th, 2011
10:41 am

this does sound like fun. I don’t know if we have a restaurant specializing in those dishes in Atlanta. It’s good to know that we’re a vibrant enough food town to appreciate an evening like this.

BFellows

February 9th, 2011
10:46 am

Jake

February 9th, 2011
10:50 am

Did I make it??

lisa

February 9th, 2011
10:51 am

I would love to go!