Callebaut's Ongoing Partnership with Chef Arvind: A Sweet Success

Callebaut's Ongoing Partnership with Chef Arvind: A Sweet Success

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Published on November 7, 2023

Callebaut, celebrated for its century-old legacy of authentic Belgian chocolates, is thrilled to announce its continued collaboration with the esteemed Chef Arvind Prasad, who will continue to serve as the brand ambassador in India for the second consecutive year. This partnership holds immense importance for Callebaut as it strives to strengthen its bonds within the culinary community and exemplify the diverse applications of its chocolate products.

Over the past year, Chef Arvind has been the face of the Callebaut brand across numerous significant platforms. Notable highlights from the previous year include his representation of Callebaut at India's largest trade show, Aahar in Delhi, active engagement with the chef community and food industry influencers, and participation in the CIBUS Parma trade show in Italy, where he proudly represented India.

Chef Arvind shared his thoughts, stating, “In my culinary journey, I've had the privilege of working with numerous renowned chocolate brands, but it’s with Callebaut that I’ve found a truly reliable partner. What excites me most about Callebaut chocolates is their workability, versatility, and the unique taste of Belgian chocolate, which allows me to craft my best creations.”

For this year's Diwali celebration, Chef Arvind has introduced 'Diya,' an egg-free creation that beautifully combines the richness of dark chocolate with saffron and a medley of nuts. He explained, “For this creation, I wanted to design an indulgent dessert that pairs Belgian Chocolate with ingredients synonymous with Indian festivities, such as a blend of pistachios, almonds, and cashews, which are extensively used in Diwali gifting.”

Discussing the brand’s growth and the ongoing partnership with Chef Arvind, Mr. Dhruva Sanyal, Managing Director of India for Barry Callebaut, the company behind the Callebaut brand, stated, “Our primary focus is on expanding our presence within the culinary community and promoting the Finest Belgian Chocolate throughout India. The collaboration with Chef Arvind has proven to be exceptionally fruitful, drawing attention to our Callebaut brand and integrating its products into renowned hospitality brands throughout India. We eagerly anticipate Chef Arvind's extensive pastry expertise and reputation, which will further enhance Callebaut's brand awareness and market share.”

This year, Chef Arvind is scheduled to conduct several masterclasses, with his first session set to take place at the Bakery Biz in Mumbai on November 29, 2023. He will continue to create, share, and inspire through Callebaut's digital platforms and will be actively involved in Callebaut's pan-India competition. This competition is designed to provide an opportunity for the chef community to showcase their talent and compete for the prestigious title of 'Callebaut Patissier of the Year.'

Callebaut and Chef Arvind's partnership continues to be a delectable success story, and we look forward to more sweet creations and collaborations in the coming year.


Courtyard by Marriott Goa Unveils Colva Kitchen: A Culinary Tribute to Local Heritage

Courtyard by Marriott Goa Unveils Colva Kitchen: A Culinary Tribute to Local Heritage

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 17, 2024

Courtyard by Marriott Goa Colva has unveiled Colva Kitchen, a new all-day dining experience that pays homage to the rich culinary heritage of Colva. Located amidst panoramic poolside views, Colva Kitchen blends global culinary favorites with the traditional flavors of the local community.

The restaurant's ambiance is adorned with local artefacts and inspired by the tools and traditions of Colva's fishermen. Central to the décor is a light fixture inspired by toddy bags, while artworks featuring fishing nets capture the essence of the local culture. A stunning glass skylight adds to the atmosphere, inviting guests to enjoy moments of togetherness under the stars.

"At Colva Kitchen, we strive to offer an experience that celebrates Colva's vibrant culinary legacy while embracing global tastes," said Sameer Kapoor, Hotel Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Goa Colva. "Our menu is a tribute to the sea and its offerings, featuring a pescatarian selection that honors local fishing traditions."

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The heart of Colva Kitchen lies in its dynamic live kitchen, where guests can witness culinary experts transform the freshest ingredients into masterpieces. This interactive setting not only adds intimacy to dining but also enhances the excitement of seeing the artistry and precision behind each dish.

In addition to its a la carte offerings, Colva Kitchen features an elaborate buffet that showcases a diverse range of dishes, encompassing both local specialties and international flavors. From live cooking stations to appetizers, mains, and desserts, the buffet promises a comprehensive culinary journey suitable for all preferences.

Complementing the culinary experience, Colva Kitchen offers an extensive beverage menu that includes fine wines, handcrafted cocktails, and fresh juices, designed to perfectly complement the flavors of the dishes served.

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For more information about Colva Kitchen and its offerings, visit www.courtyardgoacolva.com/colva-kitchen.


abCoffee Achieves Milestone: Opens 50th Outlet in Just Two Years

abCoffee Achieves Milestone: Opens 50th Outlet in Just Two Years

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 17, 2024

abCoffee, a pioneering tech-enabled grab-and-go coffee chain based in Mumbai, has achieved a significant milestone by opening its 50th outlet within just two years of inception. Known for its mission to democratize specialty coffee and make it accessible, abCoffee has rapidly expanded its footprint across the city.

The brand announced the inauguration of four new outlets, marking its entry into key locations:

  • Lodha iThink, Thane

  • Billabong High International School, Mulund, Mumbai

  • L&T TC-4, Powai, Mumbai

  • Marwah Centre, Marol, Mumbai

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To celebrate reaching this milestone, abCoffee is offering its popular Signature Cold Coffee at an exclusive price of Rs. 50 at all outlets today. This promotion underscores the brand's commitment to customer satisfaction and appreciation for its loyal clientele.

Narsaya Gajji, VP Operations of abCoffee, expressed enthusiasm about the brand's journey and future plans: "From our first outlet in Versova-Andheri West in June 2022 to now reaching 50 locations, our growth has been remarkable. With a focus on customer love and leveraging robust technology, we aim to expand to 150 outlets by March 2025, ensuring more people across India can enjoy our exceptional coffee experience."

abCoffee's grab-and-go format, coupled with its emphasis on specialty coffee sourced from India's premier plantations, has garnered a customer loyalty rate of 61% and top ratings in customer satisfaction. The brand's commitment to quality and accessibility has positioned it as a leader in the Indian coffee industry.

For more information about abCoffee and its expanding network of outlets, visit www.abcoffee.in.


Ahura Restaurants Launches Flagship Brand ‘Mirch Masala’ in Canada and the USA

Ahura Restaurants Launches Flagship Brand ‘Mirch Masala’ in Canada and the USA

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 16, 2024

Ahura Restaurants Pvt. Ltd., a renowned name in India's dining industry, is thrilled to announce the international expansion of its flagship brand, Mirch Masala. Established in 1992 by Rushad Ginwala and a dynamic team of hospitality professionals, Ahura has built a legacy with its four distinguished brands—Tomato's, Mirch Masala, Angithi, and CarryOn—operating 30 outlets mainly across Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Jharkhand.

In a strategic move to globalise its culinary offerings, Ahura is set to open two new Mirch Masala restaurants in Mississauga, Canada, and New Jersey, USA. This expansion underscores Ahura's commitment to bringing its unique and authentic Indian dining experience to international audiences.

It’s the perfect time to expand into North America, as the love for ethnic foods and flavours has grown exponentially, and India’s rising global position is driving increasing interest in its culture and cuisines. The Indian diaspora serves as ambassadors for its cuisine, helping to expand its reach to new customers. Given these market conditions, Mirch Masala is poised for success and rapid growth.\

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The recent signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with franchise partners in Canada and the USA marks a significant milestone in Ahura's history. These strategic developments are in line with Ahura’s plans for the expansion of its brands PAN India and into global markets, promising to deliver the same high-quality dining experiences that have made them beloved brands.

Mirch Masala's journey began in Ahmedabad, where its innovative themes, captivating interiors, and diverse menu quickly attracted a loyal customer base. Over the past three decades, Mirch Masala has become synonymous with excellence in the food industry.

As Ahura Restaurants takes Mirch Masala onto the world stage, it remains dedicated to its legacy of culinary excellence and innovation, ensuring memorable dining experiences for patrons worldwide.

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