ET Startup Awards 2018: Live food counters, international flavours left the guests spoilt for choice
Startups may be known for lean budgets, but there was no bootstrapping when it came to the spread.
While startups may be known for their lean budgets, there was no bootstrapping when it came to the spread, which included a mix of Asian, Indian and Continental options. Guests were greeted with refreshments that included tea, coffee and a variety of baked goods.
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Once the awards ceremony concluded, tables were set for a sit-down dinner for the winners and jury members. But in true startup style, guests preferred to keep things casual, moving around for some power-packed conversations.
Rishad Premji, Nandan Nilekani, Amitabh Kant, Subrata Mitra and Kris Gopalakrishnan interacted with the young winners.
Cocktails and snacks included a mix of za’atar marinated olives and vegetable crudités with a creamy chevre dip. Guests networked and feasted on starters such as garden pea and fresh mint croquettes, delicate truffle flavoured mushroom bouchees and golden apricot stuffed dahi ke kebabs.
The chefs added drama to the main course with live Burmese khow suey and appam stations. Other items on the menu incorporated local and global flavours, with curd rice served with pomegranate, cheese platters, and Greek and Thai salads, among other items.
The main course boasted of an international mix such as zucchini and eggplant parmigiana with pesto and parmesan, stir-fried Lohan vegetables, along with Indian favourites with a twist, such as slow-cooked paneer hara pyaaz, sautéed okra with water chestnuts, North Keralastyle basmati pilaf with seasonal vegetables and more.
For dessert, the guests were spoilt for choice. The tables were laden with Guanaja chocolate parfait, classic Italian tiramisu, pink guava and raspberry champagne trifle and baked angoori jamun with meetha boondi.