Reinventing Delhi's food tourism

Prashant and Ayesha bid goodbyes to their respective corporate careers to turn full-time entrepreneurs. Everyone wants their spouse to share a common interest with them. Understand their love for their passion and support their dream. But it’s indeed a match made in heaven when a couple is so in love with food and everything around it, as much as, they are with each other. Meet Prashant and Ayesha – a couple who bid goodbyes to their respective corporate careers to start a company that worships all things food.

Prashant Kalra, a lawyer and Ayesha Grewal Kalra, a corporate trainer, were your quintessential urban couple with high-powered demanding careers and a love for food. This developed into Delhi Food Tours (DFT) back in November 2011, which they started to break away from the monotony of their regular jobs. “DFT was born as an experiment to bridge the gap between tourists/expats and New Delhi’s best small restaurants. Originally, it was supposed to be something to do on the side.  But before I knew it, we were flooded by booking requests and we knew that we were on to something,” says Prashant.

The couple soon took the plunge and turned full-time entrepreneurs. Today DFT has over 600 guests who only have praises for the couple and the dining events. “DFT gives foodies a chance to taste much more than just what a restaurant's menu has to offer. It is also a platform to explore new cuisines and they pay special attention to every single guest’s order. What more could a foodie ask for!” says, Sana Chandhiok, Account Planner, Google and a member DFT’s Dining Club.

“Prashant and Ayesha are great hosts whose love of food and love of India is evident!  We have been really very happy with everything that we have done with DFT,” says Nicola Hinder, member of DFT Expat Events.

DFT offers three services - a tour of restaurants that showcase cuisine from across India for expats, fine dining events in the private dining rooms of some of Delhi’s best restaurants for young Delhi-ites, and lastly, cooking classes for expats. And the couple is very happy with the kind of response they’ve received.

Members dining at the Delhi Food Tour's Expat event.

“In the year and two months that we have been operational, we have had over 550 guests from 37 Countries on our food tours. The fact that DFT ensures personalized attention from the chef and the restaurant in private dining rooms adds to the exclusivity of our events,” informs Ayesha.

The couple is involved in various aspects of planning these events. From coming up with a unique concept for the menu to paying special attention to privacy and exclusivity of an event.

“All our events take place in the private dining areas of our venues to ensure an exclusive experience. It gives the restaurant a real opportunity to showcase the talent of their chefs and mixologists, who interact with the guests after each course to demystify their creations,” adds Prashant.

As satisfied as they are about the way DFT is progressing and about the great response they’ve received, the two do have a vision for it.

“We’ve already covered food tourism, cooking classes, fine dining, restaurant recommendations and events. Tripadvisor ranks us as #5 of 194 Attractions in Delhi and effectively the #1 food related activity in Delhi. But that’s the present. We would like DFT to be the ‘go to’ organization for diplomats, expats and tourists for anything to do with food in Delhi.”

If you’re based in the Capital or just visiting and looking to experiment with unique flavours like Gosht raita, Whiskey chai cocktail, Miso ice cream (yes, you read them all right) then DFT is what you’re looking for. They develop a menu with specifications to cater every guest and deliver on exclusivity. Good company, great food and conversations about the pure love for food is what one can expect from a DFT event.

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