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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr.Seuss
Food With Benefits
Established in 2013, Food With Benefits is a Mumbai-based culinary fundraising platform. Food With Benefits showcases unique dining experiences in collaboration with multiple distinguished Chefs, with a focus on coming together as a community to raise awareness and funds for a cause. The event is created and executed with much passion by Shivani Bhansali, a passionate fundraiser, and Chefs Nachiket Shetye and Mangal Dalal of culinary events and consulting firm Cellar Door.
Food With Benefits has raised over INR 4,35,000 across 4 events thus far and in 2016 we aim to execute three events – in June, July and September. Food With Benefits has established a sense of community and camaraderie amongst participating Chefs. It is essentially a coming-together of exceptional talent from the food industry where they learn from and challenge each other, and most of all, give back to the community by doing what they do best.
Shivani Bhansali, Co-founder
A case of wanderlust, a love of foreign languages, food and culture took Shivani Bhansali to Brazil, where she spent a year learning Portuguese and the culture. Co-founder of Food With Benefits, a culinary platform for chefs to raise funds for charity, she strongly supports the cause of Mental Health. In addition to fundraising for charities through community driven projects, she works as an interpreter and translator.
Nachiket Shetye, Co-founder
Nachiket Shetye tries to disprove the stereotype of the large, angry chef. He previously owned and ran a Pan-Asian restaurant East, and has worked for illustrious restaurants in New York such as Nobu, Per Se and Penang. Nachiket received his Associate Degree in Culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America.
Mangal Dalal, Co-founder
A food writer for The Indian Express in Mumbai from 2008-2010, Mangal Dalal pursued a culinary diploma at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. This was followed by internships in the kitchens of Le Cirque in New Delhi and Noma in Copenhagen, rated the World’s Best Restaurant for four years. Prior to this, he was managing his family’s agricultural commodity export business though his base is that of a computer engineer: he studied Computing at Imperial College, London and worked for a mobile software firm, Symbian, for two years thereafter.
Kranti NGO empowers girls from Mumbai's red-light areas to become agents of social change. We currently work with 16 girls, ages 13-21 who are daughters of sex workers, survivors of trafficking, or born and raised in Kamathipura, Asia's most infamous red-light area.
In the past three years, Kranti's girls have: become the first girls from India's red-light area to study abroad, received UN awards for their social justice work, given TEDx and other speeches around the world, and written, directed and performed their own play in front of 100K+ audience members (https://youtu.be/3l6m1NPoMwA)
#fwbindia allows Mumbai’s finest Chefs to hang out and collaborate to create dishes outside their comfort zone.
- Wed 24th June 2015: Chef Nachiket Shetye (View Menu)
- Thurs 25th June 2015: Chef Viraf Patel (View Menu)
- Fri 26th June 2015: Chef Alex Sanchez (View Menu - Non-Vegetarian Menu Only)
- Sat 27th June 2015: Chef Gresham Fernandes (View Menu)
- Sun 28th June 2015: (Gala Dinner) Chefs Gresham Fernandes, Chef Irfan Pabaney, Jaydeep Mukherjee, Kshama Prabhu, Pooja Dhingra & Viraf Patel