Expat Chef Vasco Silveira’s hand crafted specialties for the Goa-Portuguese Food Festival
Chennai, 19th June, 2015 : Colony, the homely all day dining restaurant from The Raintree, St. Mary’s Road is hosting ‘Goa – Portuguese Food Festival’ from the 19th to the 28th of June for the first time in the city. The festival is being anchored by Chef Vasco Silveira who is known for his culinary skills in Goan and Portuguese cuisines and presenting some relishing and authentic specialties.
Goan food has many similarities with Portuguese food because of the Portuguese inhabitants who lived in Goa for almost 450 years right from the start of the 16th century. The influence of the Portuguese was visible in two prominent ways – by introducing new ingredients to India, including spices and other ingredients which are seen as an essential part of Indian food today and by introducing Portuguese dishes which were then adapted to the Indian culinary techniques and tastes.
With a flair for bread making one can always notice the localities swap their regular bowl of steamed rice with soft and warm bread. Spices, fish and coconut are widely used in the cuisine and with the changing times more innovative ingredients like feni and vinegar have also become an essential part of the cuisine.
Spearheaded by the renowned Expat Chef Vasco Silveira who is the chef and owner of Horse Shoe, a culinary institution and multi awarded restaurant located at Goa, the festival will display a wide variety of his handcrafted specialties. Authentic delicacies like Escabeche de Bacalhau (Codfish Portuguese style in tomato gravy with potatoes and olive oil),
Calamari em Alhos e Vinh (Butter Garlic and wine squids), Galinha Piri Piri (Fried chicken Marinated in a paste of piri piri and goan spices), Tissero Sukem (Clams cooked in spicy coconut based Goan masala), Vindalho de Galinha (Traditional chicken in a tangy Goan red chilly gravy), Feijoada (Authentic Goan specialty of pork, beans and sausages cooked in gravy of red chillies and spices), Chouricos (The famous Goan pork sausages),
Vegetable Caldin (A Goan Portuguese inspired mild vegetable curry), Potato and cauliflower vindalho (A vegetarian version of the traditional goan curry of vinegar, chillies and garlic), Caldo Verde (Portuguese soup with shredded greens and potato puree) , Bolo Sans rival (Delicious and moist cashewnut cake), Bebinca (Traditional layered Goan dessert) etc. are some of the dishes to be served.
Chennai Food lovers are called to get ready for the delectable spread that will be put up at The Raintree, St Mary’s. The 10 day long festival will showcase a zesty, delicious variety of unique dishes from the colonial cuisine The dinner buffet costs Rs.1850++ Alcoholic and Rs.1450++Non Alcoholic.
For reservations and further queries kindly contact +91 44 42252525.