It was the Joy of Giving week and The Sassy Spoon,a fine dining restaurant at Nariman Point,gave away a lot more than the recipes of three of its most popular dishes.
Collaborating with Childrens Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA),an NGO that works towards creating awareness about democratic rights among children in 40 schools in the city,Irfan Pabaney,executive chef at the swanky restaurant,demonstrated the creation of three dishes,chosen based on their popularity.
A group of 15 women,some of whom travelled from the suburbs,attended the demonstration,tasted the food and took home the recipes. As they learned some of Pabaneys kitchen secrets,the registration fee of Rs 1,500 that each one of them paid was safely deposited in CMCAs kitty.
We are more than happy to be part of this, says Pabaney,a chef of 20 years,adding he was not possessive about his recipes. As much as he treasures his recipes,he said they believed in giving as a philosophy and the joy was doubled as the proceeds were going to charity.
The three recipes that the guests were delighted to take away from the Eclectic European restaurant were Beetroot Keftedes,Regattoni de trattoria dei 13 gobbi inspired by Florences Trattoria dei 13 gobbi (13 hunchbacks) and grilled chicken dressed on the board.
CMCAs south Mumbai zone coordinator Anita Pisharody said the NGO,that works across eight cities,conducts weekly sessions with schoolchildren,teaching them civic sense,environmental activism,gender equality,approaching the right authorities and filing applications under the Right to Information Act.
We aim at encouraging active citizenship and work in underprivileged and elite schools alike, said Pisharody. Over 2,000 children trained by CMCA volunteers have taken out rallies against fireworks,potholes and on World Democracy Day. They have also carried out beach-cleaning drives.
One of the children brought to our notice that a Gurdwara in Powai was seating underprivileged children separately. He then took up the matter and made sure that the underprivileged children could sit with everyone else, said Pisharody. CMCAs Reena Gupta pointed out that funding their work often proves tough. She,however,added CMCA works with support from members and volunteers.
Hena Khanna,who travelled for the event from Juhu to Nariman Point,said,There couldnt have been a more meaningful way of spending an evening.