by Kiran Manral
- American-style barbecuing comes to Indian shores. And Mumbaikars are trying their hand at grilling meats outdoors, over cold beers with friends.
- Two Mumbai-based chefs, Sankul Ranade and Sarang Joshi, run the barbecue grilling service Grills & Tongs. They arrive at a party with the meats, the barbecue, the marinades and the sauces. They work the barbecue till the party lasts. They can also arrange for a one-night liquor license with a bartender to keep the spirits up at the do.
- The open-air grilling concept, a variant of the Indian tandoor-style barbecue, has been received with much enthusiasm among especially young working urban professionals (Time Out, 18 February 2011).
WHAT THIS MEANS TO BUSINESS
- Well-travelled youngsters, having seen different entertainment styles, are keen to experiment with their friends back in India. A barbecue party being informal by its very nature, lends itself to a relaxed night out with close friends — something a formal sit-down dinner cannot pull off.
- Guests can also enjoy the bonhomie of learning to work the grills as they catch up with friends. They learn the art when they chat with the chefs about marinades and recipes, making the experience interactive.