Founder of Swiggy SteppinOut Joins VRO Hospitality: A New Chapter Begins

Founder of Swiggy SteppinOut Joins VRO Hospitality: A New Chapter Begins

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Published on October 12, 2023

Safdhar Adoor, the founder and director of Swiggy SteppinOut, has embarked on a new journey as he joins VRO Hospitality, a rapidly growing F&B fine dining chain in India, as its Co-Founder and Director.

Safdhar is no stranger to the entrepreneurial world, boasting over a decade of experience in the food and beverage industry. In 2014, he co-founded SteppinOut, one of India's largest event management companies that offers unique experiences to people. His entrepreneurial journey with SteppinOut included two successful acquisitions, first in 2020 by Dineout (a division of Times Internet) and then again in 2022 by Swiggy.

For Safdhar, aged 30, this new role at VRO Hospitality feels like a homecoming of sorts. He originally co-founded the group in 2018 alongside his friends Dawn Thomas and Sharath Rice before venturing into SteppinOut in 2020.

Safdhar's arrival comes at a pivotal moment for VRO Hospitality, as the group aggressively pursues expansion and growth in emerging markets. Headquartered in Bengaluru, VRO has already made significant strides in cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, Kochi, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Ooty over the past 12-18 months, with aspirations to establish itself as a pan-India brand. Safdhar's role will involve enhancing the entertainment aspect across VRO Hospitality's brands and curating special events to offer exceptional experiences to patrons.

Dawn Thomas, CEO & Co-Founder of VRO Hospitality, expressed her delight at Safdhar's return, stating, "We are thrilled to welcome Safdhar into the VRO Hospitality family at this critical juncture. Our ambitious expansion plans across key markets in India are geared towards growth and profitability. Safdhar's strategic insights, as an integral part of VRO Hospitality's leadership, will guide us in the right direction."

Sharath Rice, Director and Co-Founder of VRO Hospitality, added, "We couldn't be more excited to have Safdhar back at VRO. His role as a key strategic thinker will strengthen our growth roadmap as we venture into new markets as part of our aggressive expansion plan."

In his new capacity, Safdhar will lead VRO's growth strategy, oversee group operations and marketing, and play a pivotal role in developing new brands and concepts for VRO.

Safdhar himself expressed his excitement about the new chapter, saying, "I am extremely excited to be back in VRO Hospitality at a time when the group is looking at an exciting phase ahead. Leading the group’s journey on road to growth and profitability will be an exciting task for me as we explore new markets and newer revenue models."

VRO Hospitality currently owns upscale lounges and restaurants across several Indian cities, including Bengaluru, Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Ooty. Some of their well-known brands include Badmaash Lounge, Mirage, Plan B, Taki Taki, and Cafe Noir. VRO is on a national and international expansion drive, with brands like Badmaash, Cafe Noir, and Taki Taki at the forefront of its entry into uncharted territories.

With a portfolio of nine brands spanning over 40 outlets, VRO has crafted each brand meticulously, ensuring a seamless storyline woven into every aspect, from food and beverages to ambiance and events, to provide patrons with a diverse range of premium experiences.

In summary, Safdhar Adoor's journey from Swiggy SteppinOut to VRO Hospitality marks an exciting new chapter for both him and the rapidly expanding F&B fine dining chain. Together, they aim to redefine the culinary landscape in India and beyond.


Neha Sahaya and The Pantry Introduce a Wholesome Menu for Health-Conscious Foodies

Neha Sahaya and The Pantry Introduce a Wholesome Menu for Health-Conscious Foodies

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on March 22, 2024

As the summer heat approaches, so do those cravings for delicious yet guilt-free meals. The Pantry, a leading player in the healthy online food delivery market, has partnered with celebrity nutritionist and wellness consultant Neha Sahaya to unveil an exciting new menu.

Known for its diverse range of nutritious offerings, The Pantry has collaborated with Neha Sahaya to create a menu that caters to health-conscious individuals looking to indulge without compromising on their wellness goals. Drawing on her extensive experience working with celebrities and her expertise in treating various health conditions, Neha has crafted dishes that prioritize nutritional value without sacrificing taste.

The menu features a variety of flavorful options, from vibrant salads to hearty bowls and protein-rich shakes. Highlights include the Fresh Vietnamese Summer Rolls, Beirut Bowl, Zucchini Zoodles with Grilled Pesto Chicken, and Ragi Millet Ladoos. Each dish is carefully curated to offer a perfect balance of flavor and nutrition, making it easy for patrons to enjoy a satisfying meal without any guilt.

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“We are thrilled to introduce this new wellness menu to our loyal patrons,” says Pankil Shah, co-founder of The Pantry Guilt-free Goodness. “Our collaboration with Neha Sahaya reflects our commitment to providing customers with delicious and healthy food options that nourish both the body and the soul.”

Neha Sahaya shares her enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “It has been a pleasure working with The Pantry to create this menu. By combining culinary creativity with evidence-based nutrition, we have crafted dishes that offer a perfect marriage of taste and health. I am confident that these offerings will support individuals in their journey towards optimal health.”

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With the menu available on popular food delivery platforms like Swiggy and Zomato, patrons can easily order in or enjoy their meals on the go. Whether you’re craving a refreshing salad, a hearty bowl, or a sweet treat, The Pantry’s new menu promises to delight your taste buds while nourishing your body.

So why wait? Treat yourself to a culinary experience that combines flavor and wellness in every bite. Order from The Pantry’s new menu today and embark on a journey of wholesome indulgence.

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About The Pantry - Guiltfree Goodness:

The Pantry - Guilt-free Goodness is committed to redefining clean eating with its diverse menu of nutritious dishes. Founded by Pankil Shah and Sumit Gambhir, The Pantry offers a culinary haven for health-conscious individuals seeking goodness delivered with a smile.

Follow The Pantry on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thepantrymumbai/ 


Welcoming Bollywood's Khiladi: Akshay Kumar's Stay at Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Spa, Udaipur

Welcoming Bollywood's Khiladi: Akshay Kumar's Stay at Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Spa, Udaipur

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Published on March 5, 2024

Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Spa, Udaipur, extends a warm welcome to Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar and his star-studded cast for the shooting of their upcoming movie, Khel Khel Mein. Over the next two weeks, the picturesque palace will serve as the backdrop for some pivotal scenes of the film, providing the perfect blend of royalty and scenic beauty.

Joining Akshay Kumar are esteemed actors Tapsee Pannu, Vaani Kapoor, Fardeen Khan, Aditya Seal, and Kiran Kumar. To ensure their comfort and privacy, the property is implementing stringent security measures while catering to their specific needs. From culinary delights to rejuvenating activities and dedicated shoot spaces, every detail is meticulously arranged to craft a memorable stay for the celebrities.

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Mr. Somesh Agarwal, Chairman and MD at Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Spa, expressed his delight in hosting the esteemed guests and emphasized the property's commitment to providing unparalleled hospitality and luxurious amenities.

Akshay Kumar's arrival at the palace was met with excitement as he interacted briefly with fans, displaying his trademark warmth and charm. The palace, renowned for its opulent architecture and scenic views of Fateh Sagar Lake and the Aravalli range, has previously hosted numerous celebrities and is a popular choice for movie shoots, weddings, and corporate events.

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About Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Spa:

Situated amidst eight acres of scenic landscape, Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Spa, Udaipur, offers 245 rooms of luxurious hospitality overlooking Fateh Sagar Lake. With its blend of traditional and modern architecture, the palace provides an ideal setting for weddings and other grand events, promising guests an unforgettable experience characterized by opulence and royal hospitality.


Farewell to a Pioneer: Nakul Anand Bids Adieu to ITC After 45 Years

Farewell to a Pioneer: Nakul Anand Bids Adieu to ITC After 45 Years

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Published on January 4, 2024

Nakul Anand, an esteemed figure in the hotel and travel industry, bid adieu to his role as the executive director of ITC after an illustrious 45-year career. Joining ITC Hotels in 1978, Anand ascended to leadership positions, steering ITC's hospitality, travel, and tourism businesses. The farewell ceremony, held at the ITC Green Centre, marked the end of an era in the company.

Anand, recognized for his visionary contributions to the tourism and hospitality sector, played a pivotal role in elevating ITC Hotels to its current zenith. During his tenure, he served as the Managing Director of ITC Hotels from 2003 to 2005 and later assumed the position of a director on the board of ITC in 2011.

Having commenced his career as a management trainee, Anand's journey reflected a commitment to excellence. An economics honors graduate from Delhi University with an AMP Degree from Australia’s Bond University, he brought a wealth of knowledge to ITC.

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“In a career that spans more than four decades, Anand has been acknowledged for his vision, commitment, and his role as a thought leader in the tourism and hospitality industry," as mentioned on the ITC website. Anand's legacy includes championing sustainability in hoteliering, making ITC Hotels a global leader in LEED® Platinum certified properties.

Beyond his contributions at ITC, Anand held leadership roles in the Hotel Association of India and CII National Tourism Committee. Presently, he is a member of the National Tourism Advisory Council, part of the Executive Committee of the Hotel Association of India, and a member of the Senior Advisory Council of the Sustainability Hospitality Alliance.

As Anand steps into retirement, his impact on ITC and the broader hospitality landscape remains an enduring testament to his dedication and leadership.

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