The ‘Martha Stewart of India’, a writer, a food critic, an anchor, a chef, a businesswoman, a consultant, a ‘food guru’ who has been influencing the way people eat and perceive good food for nearly 25 years, Karen Anand is an institution in herself. She is an inspiration to many in the food and wine business and it was my pleasure to have spent a wonderful afternoon with her at The Taj Bengal recently, courtesy the Pikturenama duo, Anindya and Madhushree. Karen was in the city for the Kolkata edition of her Farmers’ Market and she hosted a Bloggers Table for some of us at The Hub, Taj Bengal. The main topic of conversation? Of course, food! 😀
Farmers’ Markets by Karen Anand are open air whole foods market featuring restaurants, wineries, gourmet foods, fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses & more. These markets are held annually across five cities in India and 2016 was the third edition of the Kolkata Market. This year, Karen introduced some new products in the Pune Farmers’ Market signature range of conserves, dressings and sauces and we were the first to get a taste of them in Kolkata. My favorite was the Tibetan Sauce and and the Singapore Chilli Garlic Sauce which had a hint of sweetness. The Wholegrain Mustard with Chilli was also a hit with the bloggers along with the two conserves – Alphonso Mango and Fig and Orange.