This review is for the CFG Showcase at Zaitoon Velachery for which I was invited. I live very close to this restaurant, and have been seeing it since day one. I have also visited this place once and have reviewed it here. Why would I go to the same place again, and that too for a showcase? I was told we will be served dishes which are still not on the menu. They wanted a feedback about all the dishes that would soon ‘go live’ if I may say so 🙂 and that prospect was exciting.
Well, this was an unexpected twist in a CFG showcase 🙂
I did not know that this was a seafood showcase and since I do not eat seafood by choice, my only participation here was to click the pictures. Continue reading
This is probably the second or third CFG event that I managed to attend. This was meant to be a food walk cum photography contest. I was here primarily for food and some decent clicks. There were about twenty people for the walk, or probably more. We had an agenda in place and followed it well, so didn’t struggle at all. Continue reading
This was a pizza photography contest being held for the second time by Tuscana on Chamiers by Willi and Chennai Food Guide. Last time they had it was in April 2013. Since I had been here earlier, I knew about what was going to take place. I had already registered my name so just had to confirm with them at the venue. The contest stated at 4PM and went on till about 5:15 PM.
This time they had separate categories for Mobile Camera and DLSRs, but the timing was the same for both of them, so obviously it meant more number of people. Getting hold of a pizza was the most difficult part. Yeah, the Tuscana team made sure that there were enough pizzas for photography, but still you don’t have the luxury of thinking too much about the styling part because there’s someone waiting. You have to be fast, at the same time try to manage a decent shot without anyone else in the frame. There were a few photographers who were in their own world with their pizzas with a look on their face nothing short of a scientist ;). If you went close to them just to get a shot of that, rather ‘their’ pizza, the expression on their face was similar to what you would see if you asked for a share in their ancestral property 🙂 LOL! With such kids around, it was sort of difficult. Thanks to the other mature photographers who were more than willing to wait till I finished my click. Its because of them I managed to get a few decent shots I think.
After the contest, a high tea followed and since I had a prior commitment of meeting a friend of mine, I couldn’t stay on to have the pizzas. Overall, it was well organized and the participants were well-taken care of by the Tuscana team ! It was good to participate too.
Masala Kart 2013, a set on Flickr.
A street food festival in Chennai that was on 02nd-04th August 2013 in Island Grounds. The event was overall good and my friend and I managed to taste quite a few dishes and loved it. The stalls were selling food from all over India ! It was definitely expensive. Going by the price, it is not even close to street food. It was street food with star prices.
First of all, I would like to congratulate and thank the organizers – ‘Chennai Food Guide’ and ‘Tuscana at Chamiers’ for a wonderful opportunity to photograph pizzas and in addition to that, eat yummy pizzas. 🙂
Having been to Kryptos by Willi a few times, I expected this level of hospitality from Vipin Sachdev and team, and truly they lived upto it. Hats off.
All the arrangements were taken care of very well. Overall it was a nice and enjoyable experience to take part in a contest like this, and my first attempt at food photography 🙂
Date/Venue – April 9 2013 4:00 PM Onwards at Tuscana on Chamiers