We offer special events such as teambuilding cooking classes or cooking parties.
Whether you are thinking about a unique teambuilding exercise for your employees, organize a special cooking party with your friends to celebrate any occasion or looking for a stress-free way to throw a dinner party, we can customize a special event to meet your needs. Special events include but are not limited to: teambuilding, birthday parties, holiday parties, special occasions. You can choose the class style and menu perfect for your upcoming event.
1) Live telecast – cookery workshop – to raise funds for Red Cross
As you are aware, Corona has affected many people all around. Not only the homeless people, there are so many who have lost jobs, who cannot provide basic provision such as food to their family and children. The Red Cross is trying to reach out for donations to enable them to provide food to people in the Netherlands who cannot rely on regular facilities during this crisis.
We, few friends, decided to raise contributions to assist the Red Cross in raising the funds. We have set up a ‘cooking campaign’. I performed my first ever live telecast of a cooking workshop via YouTube on Saturday, November 21st 2020. You can watch the recording on the link / website www.kijkenenkoken.nl
2) Walking Dinner – Archipel and Willemspark
In 2012, few enthusiastic volunteers came up with a very bright idea to organise a Walking Dinner for our neighbourhood. An evening where local residents could get an opportunity to meet others during a special 3-course dinner: each course at a different address and with new company (guests). It is a superb way to meet new people, to visit their homes and enjoy great meals!!
People can register as diners or as chefs. Hats off to the organisers who plan and manage to solve the puzzle to accommodate more than 100 people as diners to be hosted at 15 or so chefs houses, every year.
The guests get to move around and get to see a new and different side of our neighbourhood. The chefs decide on the menu and the details of the evening. Haute cuisine is absolutely not a requirement; a simple recipe is sufficient, although the chefs usually put a lot of energy into tasty menus, a special presentation and a warm welcome. Thanks to these principles, everyone can participate with their own favourite recipes.
I had the priviledge and tremendously enjoyed being a ‘chef / host’ in 2013, 2014 and 2019 while joined the walking dinner as ‘guest’ in 2016 and 2017. One of the most memorable event of our neighbourhood which nobody wants to miss. I am already looking forward to next years’ Walking Dinner.
3) Hague University – European Studies
I was invited as a keynote speaker to address a very interesting and, for me personally, very appealing subject: “Food in Europe with a focus on Indian food in British culture”, highlighting the cultural, economic and political dimensions. This was followed by questions and debate.
4) Neighbourhood party (buurtfeest) at Bankaplein
Every year ‘Bankaplein’ in the Archipelbuurt in Den Haag, is closed to the traffic for a day, decorated with very colourful flags, long tables are set where friends and neighbours can sit together, gossip over a glass of wine, beer, snacks or a meal, listen to the live music and enjoy the festivities and hopefully a nice sunny weather!!!!
This year the neighbourhood party was organized on the 8th of September. There was a great surprise planned for the children – a mini train ride on the square, the carrousel, yummy poffertjes (mini pancakes). Many musical neighbours were performing a live show with their band, which was later followed by a dance party.
It was a great experience for me personally to be involved in the organization and preparation of Indian buffet dinner for more than 300 people for our neighbourhood party. It would not have been a success without the involvement of few volunteers who cooked a delicious meal. We made chana (chickpeas), chicken curry, lamb curry, raita, mint chutney and rice. It was such fun to come across and make new friends too. I enjoyed every moment of it.
5) Tailor made workshop conducted at De Glindster
I had an exciting, enjoyable and a special project conducting a workshop for a group of around 10 children in the age group of 14-18 years. A Dutch foundation offers ‘on the job education/training’ to some 20 children in their restaurant ‘De Glindster’ near Barneveld, a very beautiful part of the Netherlands. Special attention is given to children living on the premises with foster parents because of their violent parents or being handicapped etc. The “levels” of these children are very different on learning, in their social skills and sometimes in their motivation. Some of these kids wish to pursue cooking and hope to become a chef or go into the restaurant business later in life. For them this workshop was not only about cooking an Indian meal but also understanding responsibilities, other culture and building up their confidence. This two- day workshop was a very inspiring experience for me, specially since the children were very keen to learn. They prepared an Indian buffet dinner for around 40 guests of the restaurant for Saturday evening, serving 16 dishes. It was great fun for everybody and the food was delicious!!!!!