They sat, they talked food and they served cuisine from the palaces of Kangra and Rampur. For all those who want to know what this is—a preview to Dine With Royalty organised by eatwithIndia.

Announcing the latest on their platter, founders Sonal Saxena and Shantanu Mahanta said that come October guests can enjoy a meal with 20 erstwhile royal families. There would be lunch and dinner with the members of the royal families in six luxury tents and the people would be privy to food and culture from the palaces. Each tent will be from a particular region and serve 35 guests. Added to this, special performances by local artistes from each region will be showcased. Baradari, a special platform to discuss cuisine and culture will also be formed. It will be a completely ticketed and pre-booked event and walk-ins will not be entertained.

Panel Discussion 2We got a taste of Dine with Royalty at the Embassy of Belgium. The qawwalis by the famous Nizami brothers added to the upbeat mood, even as the plates were filled with cuisine from the royal kitchens of Kangra and Rampur. Sharing cuisine tales were food historian Pushpesh Pant, author of Dining with the Maharajas: A Thousand Years of Culinary Tradition Neha Prasada, Nawab of Rampur Kazmi Ali Khan and Tikaraj Aishwarya Chandra Katoch, 489th descendant of the royal Katoch clan, moderated by food expert Sourish Bhattacharya.

Merchandise comprising spices, pickles and preserves under the label of eatwithIndia was also launched. Passionate about home-cooked food, the founders launched eatwithIndia with the aim of giving Indian cuisine a thrust and the platform is where one can enjoy the meals in homely surroundings. Guests can book meals online and eat with the chefs in their homes.For more, check eatwithindia.com