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They don’t come much bigger. Or much fatter. I’m talking weddings. Indian weddings. And I’m still trying to take in everything I have seen over the past three days.
Firstly some context. Mumbai-based Travel Food Services is not only India’s largest airport food & beverage operator but its Chairman Sunil Kapur is also one of the country’s most successful restuarateurs.
His food empire is a combination of own brands and franchises, including The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Spaghetti Kitchen, Gelato Italiano, Noodle Bar, Penne, Spoon and Bombay Blue, Copper Chimney, Blue Sea and Café by the Beach. More recently Travel Food Services entered into a joint venture with Gate Gourmet under the TFS-Gate brand name, developing F&B onboard services for carriers as well as a high-class passenger lounge operation at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, which I will be testing out later today.
In airports, Travel Food Services runs a combination of proprietary, national and international F&B brands, including KFC, Domino’s Pizza, Cafe Coffee Day, Nirula’s, Cafeccino and Haagen Dazs.
[The grounds of the Royal Western India Turf Club were turned into a magnificently lit garden-like setting]
With all that foodie heritage it’s little surprise that the wedding of Sunil’s younger son Karan over the past few days to the beautiful Vidhi has been a feast of the senses – wonderful food, of course, reflecting the magnificent diversity, flavours and wonder of Indian cuisine but also the senses of smell, of colour, of joy, of friendship, of love.
I was fortunate enough to have been invited to this extraordinary occasion, played out to guests over three enthralling days (including the Sangeet and Mehendi pre-wedding ritual evenings), hosted with a warmth that would make the fieriest Indian curry seem tepid. It will live long in my memory, like the ever-lingering taste of a chicken bharta from Sunil Kapur’s Copper Chimney restaurant. The pictures below capture just some of the spirit of an unforgettable, very big, very fat Indian wedding.
[Karan Kapur’s older brother Varun, Martin Moodie, Grant Fleming of LS travel retail ASPAC and Lagardère Services Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dag Rasmussen]
[Father and sons: Varun, Karan and Sunil Kapur]
[Varun Kapur, Karan Kapur and Martin Moodie]
[So much scalp, so little cloth… Martin Moodie tests the art (and stock levels) of a Mumbai turban master]
[The Mehendi dinner on the eve of the wedding saw a thrillingly diverse array of Mumbai street food served]
[David and Ann King]
[Neelu Kapur, mother of the groom, and Martin Moodie]
[Sunil Kapur and Martin Moodie]