Indian Summer Festival Gala 2017

Tayybeh Syrian Kitchen

On July 6th, I attended the annual energetic spicy gala, this year’s culinary tour of South Asian cuisine curated by Chef Vikram Vij featured his friends mostly non-Indian restaurants cooked up their version of the Indian dishes focussing on this year’s theme, ‘Tales of War & Peace’.

The special new guests this year were Tayybeh, a collective of Syrian chefs who create home-style specialties from their hometowns of Aleppo, Homs, Daraa and Idlib. Tayybeh, the feminine construction of the Arabic word for ‘kind’ or ‘generous,’ is run by six women.

Makloubeh and Tableh (Tayybeh)

Mohamadra, Deep Fried Cauliflower with original Hummus, Spinach dip and Falafel (JamJar)

Sikander Kebab & Ashoka Chakra (Arc Restaurant)

Arepas (Cacao)

India’s Gandhi (dhal and rice) and Pakistan’s Jimmah (Kheema Naan) — (Vij’s)

Food stations were featured throughout with culinary delights from India and around, all created by the city’s top restaurants including Vij’s, Café Medina, Blue Water Café, Fairmont Waterfront, Bella Gelateria, Bauhaus, Jamjar and Cacao.

The lively music stage served sonic appetizers from DJ Rup Sidhu and Juno-nominated composer Adham Shaikh.

Bauhaus Chefs

James – Bella Gelateria

This sold out gala featured delicious eats, wines, cocktails and music.

By: Richard Wolak