Culinary web portal comes to Delhi
With increasing usage of mobile applications and online information on food in India, there is a ripple effect on food business in the country, with younger generation dining out frequently. This has spurred entrepreneurs to take the plunge into food business. Mumbai based husband-wife duo, Deepa Jain and  Kunal Jain started the culinary web portal a year back to provide one-of-a-kind dining experience at affordable prices. After Mumbai and Pune, Gourmetitup.comwas launched in Delhi last week at Mia Bella with Four Course ‘Braai’ inspired Menu paired with premium wines from Sula Vineyard.

We were invited by FBAI, that was sponsoring this event. The event started with a wine tasting session by Neelam Parmar from Sula Vineyard. The five wines served were Sula Brut, Sula Riesling, Sula Dindori Reserve Voignier, Sula Dindori Reserve Shiraz and Sula Late Harvest Chenin Blanc. The session was very interactive with Neelam sharing with audience on the nuances of the wines being served.
Post the session, we settled down to enjoy the ‘Braai’ cuisine and understand its pairing with wines. The ‘Braai’ cuisine is African barbecue food which is cooked in open flames. With the choice between vegetarian and non-vegetarian, I opted for non-vegetarian. In the appetizers, I was served a platter consisting of Chicken Picatta, Brazilian Churrasco and Shish Taouk paired with Sula Brut. The light-bodied sparkling wine perfectly gelled the spicy platter. Next was the Nazza, a naan bread based pizza topped with bell peppers, zucchini, mushroom, broccoli and baby corns which was paired with Sula Riesling. The medium-bodied, fruity wine was complimenting the flavors of crispy vegetables. The main course had Chicken Peri-Peri paired with Sula Dindori Reserve Shiraz. The full-bodied, smooth, silky wine was balancing the spicy flavor of the chicken. The desserts were a platter of Chocolate Brownie, Cheescake and Tiramisuwhich were paired with the dessert wine Sula Late Harvest Chenin Blanc. Again a master pairing as the aroma of tropical fruits was gelling with the strong aroma of chocolate.
Other than the food and wine, renowned Magician & Illusionist Shanker Bakshi was also there with his bag of tricks.
The objective of Gourmet It Up is to enhance the dining experience of its members through exquisitely designed menus, master classes, other gourmet events. They have already partnered with some of Delhi’s finest gastronomic destinations such as Rara Avis, Ploof, Shiro, Lodi – The Garden Restaurant, Guppy By Ai, Diva, Olive Qutub, Uzuri Deck.
I found it to be a brilliant concept, but my experience in terms of food at the event was average. Though I liked the Nazza, but the Chicken Peri-Peri was dry. Brownie tasted more like a run-of-the-mill cake. I could not feel the aroma of coffee and the taste of liquor in tiramisu.
Gourmet It Up has served 25000 experiences and I look forward to their experiences in Delhi.
P.S. I have signed up for the membership.

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