New Delhi, September 8
A “specially curated menu” tailored to sync with the delicacies consumed during the Indian monsoon awaits the heads of state and other delegates at President Droupadi Murmu’s grand dinner at the G20 summit venue on Saturday. Preparations are underway and senior managers and staff members of a luxury hotel group are busy setting up the dinner tables at Bharat Mandapam, which will host the two-day summit.
Sources said the ceremonial dinner would be served in bespoke silverware made specially for the occasion. “Millet-based dishes will be on the menu too,” a source in the luxury hospitality group said. Officials are tight-lipped on the exact menu, but it is expected to reflect India’s culinary diversity.
“Sweets of varied kinds such as gulab jamun, rasmalai and jalebi, etc are planned to be served,” the source said, adding the serving staff would wear a special uniform. Asked if the delegates would use bespoke silverware, the luxury hospitality group source replied in the affirmative. A Jaipur-based metalware firm on Tuesday said several luxury hotels commissioned made-to-order tableware and silverware that would be used by the foreign delegates staying at their establishments and at the special dinner.
Most of the tableware have a steel or brass base or a mix of both with a coating of silver while some the plates that will be used to serve the welcome drinks have a gold plating, Laksh Pabuwal of Iris Jaipur had said. The company held a media preview on Tuesday of some of the silverware. About 15,000 silverware crafted by 200 artisans have been made for the summit, it had said.
The designs of the tableware are a nod to India’s rich heritage and its global prominence, said Rajeev Pabuwal of Iris Jaipur. “The tableware depict the glorious cultural heritage of India, motifs of flowers, the peacock — our national animal — graces the plates, and other items. The silverware will dazzle the heads of state with their cultural sparkle,” he said.
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