Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Vedas Indian Cuisine in Norwalk and Wesport CT

Indian Cuisine in Westport and Norwalk

Eat in or Take out!

Restaurateurs/husband and wife team of Dipika Behera and Jaiprakash Agarwal (JP), bring a combined 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry to their latest venture, Vedas Indian Cuisine. Recognizing the gain in popularity of Indian cuisine and the upwards trend of take-out and delivery, the talented duo opened Vedas in Norwalk in 2015 and recently opened their second location in Westport, small eateries and kitchens that focus on take-out and delivery service for this bold, flavorful, and healthy cuisine.

Dipika and JP hail from Mumbai, India, and both received their bachelor’s degrees in Hospitality Management. Fans of the local Indian food scene may recall the duo’s first local Indian restaurant ventures, Tawa and Chili Chicken in Stamford, and the Kebab Factory in Norwalk.

“We are excited to be expanding our take-out and delivery service, reaching neighborhoods throughout Norwalk, Westport, and Fairfield, “says JP, “And while we are not a full-scale restaurant, both of our spaces offer some seating and guests are welcome to eat-in and BYOB.” 

Vedas is thrilled to be working with renowned Chef Peter Beck who has been brought in to consult on the menu. Chef Beck was born in New Delhi, India and has excited palates around the globe, with stops in the U.K., Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand before settling in the United States. Chef Beck has been responsible for elevating Indian cuisine in New York City, where he was recognized as one of the James Beard Foundation’s “Top Chefs of 2002”. Chef Beck is a culinary innovator whose restaurants in New York have garnered numerous accolades, including New York Times raves and Michelin Stars, while at Tamarind and Benares, solidifying his reputation as one of the foremost Indian chefs in the city. He is known for his ability to showcase an immense array of the subcontinent’s diverse regional cuisine on a single menu, and for his ingenuity with vegetables and seafood.

The Vedas menu is a culinary tour throughout India, with added Indo-Chinese influences and a robust selection of vegetarian dishes. Appetizers include such favorites as vegetable and lamb samosas wrapped in light and crispy pastry dough, coconut shrimp with smoky black pepper and chutney mayo, and kalmi kebab chicken wings cooked in a Tandoor with house-blended spices. There’s, of course, chicken tikka masala on the menu, in addition to more traditional chicken preparations, including slow-cooked chicken korma in a cashew cream and saffron sauce, tandoori grilled butter chicken with cashew paste and tomato cream reduction,
and an Indo-Chinese Hakka chili chicken cooked in soy sauce. Heating things up are the goat vindaloo, a fiery hot and sour Goan stew with red chilies, and lamb Chettinad, a South Indian spicy dish made of peppercorn and coconut.

Chef Beck has expanded upon the seafood and vegetarian menu to include; shrimp balti made with a moderately spiced curry of red pepper, onion, and coriander; butter shrimp simmered in cashew paste and a tomato cream reduction, and fish madras prepared in tomato coconut gravy tempered with curry leaves and red chili. Vegetarian dishes are plentiful (over 20!) and satisfying and include; bhindi karari of crispy fried okra with onion, tomatoes, and dry mango powder; saag paneer, traditional creamed spinach with Indian cottage cheese and aromatic spices;lasuni gobi crispy cauliflower florets tossed in tangy tomato garlic sauce; dal makhani of creamy black lentils with fresh ginger and garlic; baingan bharta, charcoal roasted eggplant minced with onion, tomatoes and spices; and aloo gobhi mattar with potatoes, cauliflower, English peas, cumin and garlic.

Fresh, made to order naan, paratha, and roti bread, as well as classic biryani rice dishes, and tandoori chops and kebabs round out the extensive menu.  Enjoy $9-$11 Lunch Bowl Specials available everyday between 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.

1757 Post Road East
Westport, CT, 06880
(203) 292-8333
Lunch and Dinner (Closed Mondays)

388 Westport Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851
(203) 846-6634
Lunch and Dinner 7 Days


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

the 2019 Greenwich Wine + Food Fest Recap

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The 2019 #GWFF Recap

September has been such a busy month! 

As much as we loved all the traveling we did, we couldn't wait to get back to Connecticut at the end of the month to head on up to Greenwich Connecticut for the 9th Annual Greenwich Wine and Food Festival

The Cowboy and me!

That's right! Approximately 9-1/2 years ago Suni Unger, publisher of Serendipity Magazine, decided that Greenwich CT would be the ideal location for a premier wine and food festival. Boy, did she have it right. Now, nine 'Wine and Food Fests' later, it just keeps getting better and better! 

Matt Storch interviews Valerie Bertinelli

Case in point, this year celebrity chefs like Valerie Bertinelli, Martha Stewart, Marc Murphy, David Burtkus and Geoffrey & Margaret Zakarian were on hand. 

Photo Courtesy: Greenwich Wine + Food Festival

Local celebrity chefs like Robin Selden, Matt Storch, Lindsay Perkins, Bill Taibe and Mary Giuliani were in attendance.


It only gets better! Some of our "Next Food Network Star's" fan favorite competitors like Jessica Tom, David Rose, and Christian Petroni also made appearances. 

Jessica Tom and David Rose

And top notch entertainment - like Michael Franti  & Spearhead, and Grammy award winning Little Big Town.

Little Big Town Takes the Stage
Photo Courtesy Greenwich Wine+Food Fest

The eighth annual Burger Battle was hosted by David Burtka and featured a panel of judges including Marc Murphy, Jessica Tom, David Rose, Christian Petroni, Matt Storch, Robin Selden and Bill Taibe.

2019 GWFF Burger Battle Winners

Photo Courtesy Greenwich Wine+Food Fest

  • People’s Choice:  Greenwich Fire Department
  • Judge’s Choice:  Greenwich Police Department

The sixth annual Bartender’s Showdown presented by Ketel One, hosted by Gary Dell’Abate, featured a panel of six judges including Ted Koppy, Matt Scott, Suzie Hunter, Erik Ofgang, Tina Redwine and Taylor Kinzler. 

Photo Courtesy Greenwich Wine and Food Festival

2019 GWFF Bartender Showdown Winners

  • People’s Choice AND Judge’s Choice:  Cask Republic

Some of my favorite moments from this year's festival were from watching the cooking demonstrations and learning little tips from the pros! 

David Burtka prepares an breakfast baked apple

Marc Murphy's silky carbonara

But, hands down, the Grand Tasting Tent (aka the Culinary Village) was one of the best I've ever experienced in all the years I've attended! 

Here are some of the tasty treats we sampled!
Mix Root Vegetable Chili

Chocolates by LeRouge by Aarti

Fjord Fish Market Poke Salmon Bowl
A crowd favorite!

Little Beet Table
(now open in Greenwich CT!)

Stella Artois always delivers!

Definitely the prettiest table theme and display
Wine Spectator Magazine

Sweet Sip Sampling from PureLeaf Tea

Let there be wine!
And more wine!

Z Hospitality Group

As the sun set over the festival we wound down our night listening to the sweet sounds of Michael Franti  & Spearhead, and stayed to end the night by watching an amazing performance by Little Big Town.

Greenwich Wine + Food Fest, you've done it again! Another great year supporting a wonderful cause like Food Rescue and the local parks commission, and bringing the best of the best to Greenwich Connecticut! 

Stay tuned for news of what's coming to you as this wonderful food and wine festival turns 10 and heads into their TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY for #GWFF 2020!

Greenwich Wine + Food celebrates community, charity, food, beverage and more in the Connecticut and New York area with multiple events throughout the year, including the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo, the GWF Golf Classic presented by Pure Leaf, and the GWF Fun Run presented by Aquafina. 2019 beneficiaries include Food Rescue US and the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation.  Greenwich Wine + Food is a part of Unger Media. For more information, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com.

The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo is a multi-day event celebrating the area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beverage industries. Previous participants include chefs Daniel Boulud, Scott Conant, Mary Giuliani, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Adam Richman, Marcus Samuelson and Geoffrey Zakarian, as well as musical artists Tim McGraw, Train and Ziggy Marley. This year’s festival will benefit Food Rescue US and the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation; previous beneficiaries include Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Ment’or. Sponsors to date include Pepsico, Bubly, Pure Leaf®, bubly™, LIFEWTR®, The Jeep® Brand Experience, FCA National Sweepstakes, Compass, Westy Self Storage, Greenwich Hospital, Monogram Appliances, NuKitchens, Rudy's Executive Transportation, Barbara Zaccagnini, Whistle Pig Whiskey, 90+ Cellars, Delamar, Blancpain, Manfredi Jewels, Rhone, Stamford Marriott, Ketel One Vodka, Don Julio Tequila, Tanqueray Gin, Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer, Rums of Puerto Rico, Stella Artois, Frito-Lay, The Calling, Floyd of Leadville, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Mionetto, United Airlines, Valerie Wilson Travel, Hess, Wine Spectator, Sysco, Pernot Ricard, Douglas Elliman, Ashforth, Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, Val's Putnam Wines & Liquors, Crowne Plaza, Two Oh Three, MYX Creative Kitchen, The Capitol Theatre, Maze, Hotel Zero Degrees, Schoefferhofer, NY Post, Pepperidge Farm, SoNo Collection, Frederick Wildman & Sons, Beyond Meat, Glyph, Soul Point, Lyon Rum.*  The Festival was created by Suni Unger, founder and CEO of Unger Media, the parent company behind Greenwich Wine + Food and Serendipity magazine. For more information, visitwww.greenwichwineandfood.com, or the event’s social media channels:  Facebook (@Greenwichwineandfoodfestival) and Instagram (@greenwichwineandfood).

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