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Host: Nina

Mumbai (Bombay), India

USD
$158-$271 per person

A themed culinary experience with the consummate entertainer

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Nina

Nina lives in Mumbai and is a true bundle of energy who tries to pack in 36 hours of work into a 24 hour day! Her love for food and attention to detail led her to start her catering business over 15 years ago. These days Nina caters high-end parties, does daily party orders, and is a menu consultant for weddings. To further her passion in food, Nina joined hands with a friend to start Food Salon – an exquisite culinary experience! They teach themed classes a few times a month in which they demonstrate different recipes, table decor and food presentation.

In addition to her culinary endeavors, Nina is also involved with a few charitable organizations, teaches brides-to-be about the basics of married life, and if that’s not enough, along with some of her friends, she started an organization that upcoming talent in various fields of music.

"Entertainment is what I do best! I love and enjoy meeting people, hosting parties and delighting people with my food. As a host, it gives me immense pleasure to make travelers experience traditional customs and food."

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-30 guests) Nina likes to present various regional cuisines and the décor and music she chooses to enhance the chosen region of the day. She believes in a holistic experience from the welcoming rituals, décor, table set-up, and of course – most important of all – the delicious food! When serving traditional Rajasthani cuisine, Nina welcomes you with an aarti (an auspicious traditional custom in Rajasthan) and a Rajasthani drink such as mogra flower sherbet (fresh jasmine flavored drink). Enjoy various appetizers while Rajasthani folk music plays in the background. Your main meal will be served on a shining silver thaali, “Maharaja-style”. Some of the dishes you will sample may include dum aloo (baby potatoes flavored with traditional spices), five lentil panchmel (five lentil curry), and gatta pulao (steamed gram flour rolls in rice), matki saffron curd (yogurt served in a clay pot), and dahi vada (lentil dumplings in a spiced yogurt sauce). All this will be accompanied with various pickles, chutneys, salad and crushed papad. Top of the meal with a dessert such as jalebi (deep-fried pretzel shaped dough dipped in a sugar syrup) or and rice pudding. As a customary end to every traditional Rajasthani meal, Nina serves mouth-fresheners like cardamom, cloves, and fennel seeds. With Nina as your host, you could get a wide variety of vegetarian cuisines including East Asian, Mediterranean, South American, Spanish, European, Lebanese, Continental and of course, Indian! Needless to say, you can expect the most traditional food with her own special twist in a very interesting and innovating way. Please let her know if you would like to try a certain kind of cuisine.

Cooking experience: (1-30 guests) Join Nina in her kitchen and learn how to make 2-3 of the dishes such as sookhe matar with badam (almonds with peas in a cashew gravy) and jeera pulao (cumin-flavored rice). You can expect to be cooking for 1 hour before you share the meal you helped prepare over conversation with your host

Notes: Nina only offers vegetarian cuisine.

Nina can offer roundtrip transportation at an additional cost for those staying in the Bandra or Andheri neighborhoods of Mumbai. Please choose transport when making your booking if you'd like a pick-up.

Languages spoken: English, Hindi

Traveler reviews

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Nina

$158-$271 USD

per person
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$238 $198 $158
Cooking Experience + Meal
$271 $226 $181
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$238 $198 $158
Cooking Experience + Meal
$271 $226 $181
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 5:00pm-7:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
9:00am-12:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Nina

Nina lives in Mumbai and is a true bundle of energy who tries to pack in 36 hours of work into a 24 hour day! Her love for food and attention to detail led her to start her catering business over 15 years ago. These days Nina caters high-end parties, does daily party orders, and is a menu consultant for weddings. To further her passion in food, Nina joined hands with a friend to start Food Salon – an exquisite culinary experience! They teach themed classes a few times a month in which they demonstrate different recipes, table decor and food presentation.

In addition to her culinary endeavors, Nina is also involved with a few charitable organizations, teaches brides-to-be about the basics of married life, and if that’s not enough, along with some of her friends, she started an organization that upcoming talent in various fields of music.

"Entertainment is what I do best! I love and enjoy meeting people, hosting parties and delighting people with my food. As a host, it gives me immense pleasure to make travelers experience traditional customs and food."

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-30 guests) Nina likes to present various regional cuisines and the décor and music she chooses to enhance the chosen region of the day. She believes in a holistic experience from the welcoming rituals, décor, table set-up, and of course – most important of all – the delicious food! When serving traditional Rajasthani cuisine, Nina welcomes you with an aarti (an auspicious traditional custom in Rajasthan) and a Rajasthani drink such as mogra flower sherbet (fresh jasmine flavored drink). Enjoy various appetizers while Rajasthani folk music plays in the background. Your main meal will be served on a shining silver thaali, “Maharaja-style”. Some of the dishes you will sample may include dum aloo (baby potatoes flavored with traditional spices), five lentil panchmel (five lentil curry), and gatta pulao (steamed gram flour rolls in rice), matki saffron curd (yogurt served in a clay pot), and dahi vada (lentil dumplings in a spiced yogurt sauce). All this will be accompanied with various pickles, chutneys, salad and crushed papad. Top of the meal with a dessert such as jalebi (deep-fried pretzel shaped dough dipped in a sugar syrup) or and rice pudding. As a customary end to every traditional Rajasthani meal, Nina serves mouth-fresheners like cardamom, cloves, and fennel seeds. With Nina as your host, you could get a wide variety of vegetarian cuisines including East Asian, Mediterranean, South American, Spanish, European, Lebanese, Continental and of course, Indian! Needless to say, you can expect the most traditional food with her own special twist in a very interesting and innovating way. Please let her know if you would like to try a certain kind of cuisine.

Cooking experience: (1-30 guests) Join Nina in her kitchen and learn how to make 2-3 of the dishes such as sookhe matar with badam (almonds with peas in a cashew gravy) and jeera pulao (cumin-flavored rice). You can expect to be cooking for 1 hour before you share the meal you helped prepare over conversation with your host

Notes: Nina only offers vegetarian cuisine.

Nina can offer roundtrip transportation at an additional cost for those staying in the Bandra or Andheri neighborhoods of Mumbai. Please choose transport when making your booking if you'd like a pick-up.

Languages spoken: English, Hindi

Traveler reviews

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$238 $198 $158
Cooking Experience + Meal
$271 $226 $181
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$238 $198 $158
Cooking Experience + Meal
$271 $226 $181
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 5:00pm-7:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
9:00am-12:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
FAQ

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