My Pop-up Dinner at San Mateo: Women’s Day Indian Dinner



KitchenTown + Spices & Aroma Presents

Pop-up Indian Tapas and Dinner

Women + Food = Love

Join us on the eve of International Women’s Day – bring your mom, sister, aunt or significant other and celebrate the inspiring women in your life with Indian tapas plus a 5 course plated dinner served at the KitchenTown community table.

About Vijitha Shyam, Spices and Aroma

Chef Vijitha Shyam, Food Blogger | Recipe Developer | Cooking Instructor | Supperclub Host | SF Bay Area Dweller. She shares her love of food and cooking through her creatively interpreted Indian tapas and dinners. Inspired by chai, ghee, turmeric, plantain, and tamarind and the Sanskrit phrase “Athithi Devo Bhavah”(Translation: The guest is God) she brings together international flavors with locally sourced seasonal ingredients and her plates evoke the traditions of southern Indian cuisine.

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Indian Tapas

Small Indian inspired bites

Samosa Bites Salad

Mini Samosa + Roasted Butternut Squash + Cilantro Chutney Dressing

Masala Chai

Milk + Spices + Jaggery + Tea Powder

Cute Idli Bites

Idli + Lentil Stew + Coconut Chutney

Trio Delights

Lemon-Jeera Pilaf + Chicken Thokku +Rasam Shooters

Carrot Halwa Trifle

Crushed Biscotti + Carrot Halwa + Coconut Dust

  • Location Address: Kitchen Town, 1007 Howard Avenue, San Mateo, California 94401,  United States
  • Date: 07Mar2015, Saturday
  • Time: 6.30 PM – 9.00 PM

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  1. David Whiteside 6 years ago

    Hi – I attend the pop-up dinner on Saturday night and had a wonderful time. I thought the food was well prepared and very tasty. In particular the carrot trifle was extremely unique. Some of the items, such as the little yam or sweet potato on top of the rice was a little subtle in it flavors and some of the dishes that I would anticipate to be served hot were only warm (except the soup which was a stand out item as well).

    All in all I thought it was a wonderful way to experience a region of India that is not so familiar to western palates. I would recommend this to anyone and will come again if you do it at Kitchentown in the future.

    David Whiteside

    • Thanks David for a great feedback. We will definitely keep in mind your valuable comments and work towards making the future dinners as wonderful as this one. Looking forward seeing you again in Kitchen town 🙂

  2. Alison Reich 6 years ago

    I am part of the team at Kitchentown and attended the Spices&Aroma Pop Up dinner. I so enjoyed the interesting combinations of flavors and textures. Vijitha has a fascinating and charming way of explaining the story behind her spice blends and how she brings them into new and modern interpretations. Thank you Vijitha!

  3. I come from a multicultural family of chefs, so my food expectations are high.
    Saturday’s pop-up dinner offered a variety of tastes sensations.
    I was delighted with every dish.

    Vijitha, you are an artist !!!

  4. Gitta/Sicco Westra 6 years ago

    Hi Vijitha,

    My husband and I also attended the dinner and had a great time, it is always fun to meet new people and even more so if that is accompanied with good food. Agree with Alison in that I loved the story behind each dish and how you came to prepare it in the way you did. I am not a fan of cheesecake or whipped cream but could gobble up the carrot trifle for dessert every day. Thanks for sharing that recipe. My husbands favorite was the Trio Delights. Presentations were nice as well. We really liked it all but if I would have to pick a least favorite it would we the first tapas we started off with. Another thanks to your husband as well, you 2 make a good team. I hope you enjoy your upcoming trip. We will definitely be back for more.

    • Thank you Gitta and Sicco for joining my table on 07Mar and thank you for the kind words. I am one happy girl today 🙂

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