Virtual food workshop series Get Artsy encouraged participants to think out of the box
Trying one’s hand at cooking and making new dishes has been a source of relaxation for many young people during the pandemic.
Aditi Juhunjhunwala’s Get Artsy workshop series created such opportunities virtually, where groups of people could come together and whip up some delicacy sitting in their homes.
“I began the Get Artsy workshop series to engage students and young adults in something constructive and give them a weekly breather from the mundane lifestyle brought on by Covid-19. The aim was to bring more creativity into their lives and help them think out of the box,” said Kolkata girl Aditi, who studied design communication at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore, and now runs a digital consultancy agency.
The free-of-cost workshop series began in mid-May and ran till the first week of June. It was held in association with a string of Kolkata-based restaurants and cafes.
Participants were aged between 6 and 35, and included people from Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Durgapur and Jaipur, apart from Kolkata.
Being artful with food
The workshop held with Chaika, a tea room, had freshly brewed tea as its star ingredient. Participants had to make monochrome paintings using the different shades of tea.
“I ended up making a mandala design using tea leaves! It was definitely a stress-buster for me,” said winner Anushree Goel, who is looking to do her master’s in the UK.
Pizza was the theme of the workshop held with La Macario Cafe. Participants were free to bake pizzas in any shape, from a Christmas tree to a doughnut.
“Experimenting with non-traditional pizzas was very exciting. I made a hut-shaped pizza with cheese cut in the shape of bears, and named it ‘3 bears at Pizza Hut’,” said Aarohi Jaipuria, a six-year-old student of First Steps, Bangalore, who won the competition.
The workshop held with Paprika, a restaurant in Kolkata, was a cook-along inspired by the ‘50 Shades of Grey’ trilogy, where participants whipped up hummus in different shades.
“I imagined a landscape and made a scenery using the four colours of hummus,” said Anika Shah, a Class IV student of Modern High School for Girls and the winner.
The workshop at The New York Pizza Factory asked participants to make cheesecakes as the ones from Mama’s Lil’ Bakery in the hit sitcom Friends.
“I made cheesecakes for the first time and it was a great learning experience. I had to think about how to plate the cheesecake differently from others,” said Suhaana Agarwal, a Class V student of South City International School, Kolkata, and the winner.
The series wrapped up with a workshop with The Mint Enfold, where the task was to make a “brookie” by combining the gooeyness of a brownie and the crunch of a cookie. “The workshop was a lot of fun. I learnt a lot of new things from everyone,” said Arrush Garg, a Class I student at Heritage School, Kolkata.