The Sassy Spoon hosts fundraiser with Rachel Allen


The Sassy Spoon hosted celebrity chef Rachel Allen in a bid to raise money for under privileged children with the GOAL foundation. GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the underprivileged.

The event comprised of a meet and greet with Rachel Allen followed by a dinner specially designed by Rachel Goenka and Irfan Pabaney with a spread of wine and food inclusive of specials from The Sassy Spoon and inspirations by Rachel Allen. The cost per person for the event was 5000 Rupees, all proceeds of which have been donated to GOAL.

Playing hosts were  Rachel Goenka (supported by husband Karan Khetarpal) and Irfan Pabaney; Barry Andrews, CEO of Goal and celebrity chef Rachel Allen. Goenka has trained at Rachel Allen‘s culinary school in Ireland.

48 slect guests all of whom contributed to the cause  including  Alfred, Aarti & Nalini Arambhan, Vaidehi Thakkar, Poorvi Kamni, Cyrus Gazdar, Rajan & Vanita Khetarpal, Shekhar Gupta, Viveck and Zita Goenka, Sasha Goenka, Uday Shankar,  Atman  and Sukanya Shah etc were seen indulging in a four course sit down dinner. Guests discussed the lavish sit down menu charted out especially for the evening and discussed Irish Indian similarities in cuisine and culture.

To aid the efforts of Goal, the Sassy Spoon has extended their special Rachel Allen Week menu till 29th June, 2014, celebrating innovation in food. The menu is designed by Rachel Allen with specials from the Sassy Spoon, inclusive of elements from Ireland. Proceeds will be donated to GOAL.

The special Irish influenced menu consists of Pearl barley salad with toasted almonds, apple, pomegranate seeds and smoked scarmoza, Pumpkin, goat cheese and kale tart, Irish Smoked Salmon with picked onion, caper horseradish cream & chives, Lamb chops with rosemary smashed potatoes broccoli with parsley mint sauce, Baked Trout with parsley potatoes Spinach Butter Sauce, Penne with roasted cauliflower, zucchini, water chestnuts, chilli & garlic and Irish coffee meringue roulade and peanut butter tart.

“When Rachel Allen got in touch with me as it was her first visit to India, Mumbai in particular and the GOAL Foundation that she represents wanted to collaborate with us to host this fundraiser we were delighted. We are always looking for ways to contribute and give back and this was a great opportunity to work with Rachel after having studied under her,” says Rachel Goenka.

Says IrfanPabaney, “The menu has all Irish dishes since that is Rachel Allen’s forte. We are trying to bring a little bit of Ireland and Rachel’s style of cooking through this menu which are all recipes that Rachel has handpicked for the week.The only challenge was picking dishes, which could also translate here in Mumbai purely based on availability of those ingredients.

Adds Irfan, “It is about The Sassy Spoon supporting a good cause, second, also bringing the two Rachel’s, mentor and student, together again after so many years, and then there is the food and wine to be had.”

"It was great doing this event with Rachel. Catching up tonight made us both realize how much more we want to do together. Hopefully next year we will see a lot more with the two of us in collaboration together. Rachel and I both have an immense love for food and my roots are grounded in Ballymaloe so it's something that I will always carry forward with me. The event went off beautifully funds garnered towards Goal India, and for me it was amazing catching up with my mentor and talking about TV shows and recipe books and getting into that realm of the industry and Rachel's more than happy to collaborate. So let's see where this first event takes us. ", said Rachel Goenka.

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