Are you a foodie? Do you enjoy Indian cuisine? Are you tired of the stale and mundane menus at the local Indian restaurants? Have you been yearning to taste authentic and home style Indian food? Look no further, you’ve come to the right place. We, at 7 Saffron Street are throwing our hearts and home open to delight you with an exquisite and wholesome South Indian experience, right here in Connecticut.
I’m excited to announce my debut to the pop-up hosting world through the launch of ‘Tiffins of Tamilnadu’ a one of a kind ‘South Indian Breakfast for Lunch’ event. We want to take you home with us to not only treat your taste buds with a wide array of exceptional food from our cuisine, but also to spoil you with the warmth and hospitality that Tamilnadu is known for. All these years, I’ve been treating my followers here at the blog virtually with my ‘mouth watering’ pictures, precious heirloom recipes and nostalgic family stories. I can’t be more thrilled that I’m taking my passion to the next level by bringing all these experiences together and making them real for you.
‘Pop-ups’ are temporary events that are run in small/unique places. They ‘pop-up’ at their own frequency to delight their customers and ‘pop-down’ after the event until next time. I have been thinking of running pop-up events since a couple of years after getting inspired by a few blogger friends. I’m very happy that I’m making this little dream of mine come true, finally.
You will be our esteem guests at our pop-ups and our dining room will be your temporary restaurant for the day. ‘Tiffins of Tamilnadu’ is the theme I chose for my first pop-up as it is very close to my heart. The Sambar and Vadas you’ll get to taste are hands down the best you can find in all of Connecticut. Crispy ‘Masala Dosas’ will be made ‘live’ right in front of you and served to your plates directly from the pan. While your palates relish my signature dishes, your ears will be treated with stories about the food, our culture and of course, our family. What more can you ask for?
Tamilnadu and the Tamil Cuisine
Tamilnadu is the Southern most state of India. It is my birthplace and home. My wings may have flown me to different parts of the world, but the Tamil culture and traditions are an integral part of me.
The state is home to many ancient temples, beautiful hill stations and breathtaking shorelines. ‘Tamil’ the native language of the state is several thousand years old and is one of the longest surviving classical languages in the world.
Did you know that almost every state in India has its own language, music, dance, attire, culture and cuisine? Indian cuisines are very ancient and diverse. Even within Tamilnadu there are many variants of the Tamil cuisine. Tamil cuisine is unique in its own way; our spices, their blends and our cooking utensils/methods vary quite significantly from other parts of the country. The amount of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options the cuisine has to offer is truly unlimited.
Indians love their Tikka Masalas, Samosas and Gulab Jamuns, but our cuisines are far more deeper, broader and richer than these commercially popularized foods. We take a lot of pride in what our country has to offer to the world and our regional cuisines are a huge part of it. They are our priceless treasures and there are many hidden gems among them that are yet to be explored.
‘Saappaadu’ is a typical Tamilnadu meal that consists of several courses of rice served with other traditional soups/stews/sauces and stir fried vegetables. ‘Saappaadu’ is usually served for lunch and occasionally for dinner. Very elaborate versions of ‘Saappaadu’ are served during weddings and festivals on banana leaves. Everyday lunch consists of lighter versions of the ‘Saappaadu’.
‘Tiffin’ is a word that usually refers to a light meal, but in Tamilnadu any meal that’s not ‘Saappaadu’ is loosely called as ‘Tiffin’. It could be breakfast or dinner or even snack and it does not necessarily have to be light. Tiffins can be very elaborate and have several courses too.
Tiffins of Tamilnadu – The Menu
We can’t be more proud in bringing this rich menu that is painstakingly curated for you. We’ve packaged a wide variety of beautiful, delicious and classical dishes from Tamilnadu for this theme. Every single food item in the menu will be prepared fresh from scratch in our home kitchen using seasoned family recipes that I’ve perfected over the years.This is the kind of food our grandmas and moms fed us. This is our comfort food! This is our soul food! This is totally the kind of food to die for!
Date and Time : 15 Dec 2018, 12:30 pm
Duration : 2-3 hrs
Ticket Price : $40
Location: Rocky Hill, CT (Exact address will be emailed to registered diners)
Contact: Meera Seetharaman (Text : 860.416.8659, Email : firstname.lastname@example.org)
We welcome you to soak in our hospitality and take a tiny piece of our precious ‘Tamilnadu’ with you.
It was a gorgeous day and the ‘Tiffins of Tamilnadu’ table was filled with such a wonderful set of diners. They arrived on time, made themselves comfortable and also offered to help me. This was my first ever pop-up and although I was well prepared and excited, I did have butterflies in my stomach all morning. The fantastic set of guests we had made it a very easy, beautiful and memorable event for me and my family. They not only enjoyed the food beyond what we expected, but were very appreciative of every little thing. It did not look like a bunch of strangers that were brought together at that table. They mingled so well with each other and kept themselves engaged when I had to step away to get the next course ready. I threw this pop-up just as a trial but with the encouragement they gave me, I’m sure to do many of them in the future.
Many many thanks to Seshu (Connecticut Headshots) for photographing the event for me. You’ll know from the pictures that he did a totally amazing job. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. He made sure to arrive much ahead of the guests so he could capture the table set up and some behind the scene actions. I feel bad that I couldn’t pay attention to feed him good as I was very engaged with the guests. I’ll make up for it pretty soon Seshu. We will throw an exclusive dinner for you and give you our undivided attention.
Here are some pictures from the event for you guys, on popular request.
1. My bestie adding final touches to the table. The event wouldn’t have been possible without her. She was with me at every step of the event, right from the time I had decided about doing it all the way till we waved good bye to our guests. Love you sweetheart, can’t thank you enough!
2. Table decor. The theme had a mix of traditional and modern touches and everything came together so beautifully. We used authentic stainless steel dinnerware just like we do back home. The plates were lined with fresh banana leaves to give a very South Indian feel and it worked perfectly with the overall color theme (green and white). I wanted to have something about my mother at the center of the table, so I repurposed one of her bronze pots as a flower vase. Don’t miss to notice the adorable little elephant tea light holders. Elephants have a very special place in the hearts of most Indians.
3. Our beautiful guests settling in as they enjoy the welcome drink (Panagam). There was never a lull moment at any point right from the start. We will be ready to throw any number of pop-ups if we can have such a lovely set of people.
4. We kicked-off the event started with an introduction to Tiffins, Tamilnadu, the menu etc. I shared them a little story from my childhood relating to the banana trees in the backyard of my parent’s house. Those two people standing very respectfully next to me were my wonderful helpers throughout the event 😃 .
5. First course being plated and served. It was a perfect team work!
6. Our lovely diners having a great time among themselves while the crew was busy in the kitchen plating the next course.
7. That’s Jen making sure everyone understands “butter is the new kale” 😂 😂 as they were waiting for the ghee laden Pineapple Kesari!
8. Filter coffee time! Mixing the milk and decoction the South Indian way!!
9. And that was a wrap! What a fabulous event it was!! We had such a great time hosting these beautiful guests. Can’t wait to do it again.