On April 30, about 80 guests, waiting to embark on a gastronomic expedition, entered the Trivedi residence at Kelly’s. Starting with a refreshing welcome drink to an elaborate spread that included rotlis, variety of sabjis, dal, kadi and some sinful desi desserts; they were bowled over by the taste and of course, the love and care with which they were served by the women of the house.

Chetna Trivedi has always been fond of cooking and her culinary skills have been much appreciated by relatives and family friends. The dabbas, she packs for her daughters, Prachi and Unnati to office and college respectively have been savoured by many and have been topic of much discussion. Sensing the love for home-cooked food, the daughters started thinking about the idea of pop-up couple of months ago. And then in April 2017 they successfully hosted two editions of it at their home. Now they plan to make it a regular affair.

“I always felt that my mother and aunts ( Manisha Bhatt, Smegha Bhatt, Nimita Bhatt) have such culinary prowess and it needs to be showcased in front of a crowd that appreciates good food. So we thought why not host pop-ups at our place and serve all those eager to sample some authentic Gujarati fare,” says Prachi, who is an advertising professional. She says even though she and her sister have been born and brought up in Chennai, they have strong Gujarati roots. “We keep visiting Ahmedabad during vacations and family functions,” she shares.

They plan to host a cooking workshop in May and their next pop-up is scheduled for the month of June. “Eventually, I want housewives and all those who cook interesting fare at home to partner with us and host their own pop-up kitchens. Home-based pop-up kitchens are a novelty here and I think they will add more vibrancy to city’s amazing food map,” adds Prachi.

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