Akasha's Tru Organic Cocktail and Indian Dinner Pairing

— by Caroline on Crack

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Awesomeness! And FINALLY! A dinner that pairs food with not wine or beer but cocktails! I’m so excited! Chef Akasha Richmond of Culver City’s Akasha Restaurant, along with Litty Mathews and Melkon Khosrovian — the owners/creators of Tru Organic Spirits — is behind this very special and rarely seen food event.

Chef Akasha, a fan of Eastern cuisine, will present four Indian courses which are then paired with a Tru Organic cocktail that complements its bold spices and strong flavors. Nommy!

The menu:

  • Reception Cocktail: Spicy Mixed Nuts with Chat Masala
    Passion Fruit Martini with Chile, Candied Ginger Vodka & Hibiscus

  • **Snacks:**Farmer’s Market Vegetable & Paneer Pakoras, Yellow Mung Bean & Spinach Croquettes, Mint & Green Chile Chutney / Roasted Coconut Chutney / Tomato-Apple Chutney, Scallion & Ginger Raita
    Malabar Gin & Tonic with Litty’s Home Grown Curry Leaves

  • Salad: Garbanzo Chat Salad with Tomato, Cucumber & Pomegranate
    Ginger Martini with Lime, Cilantro & Agave

  • Mains – Served Family Style: Kerala Chicken Curry with Balinese Pepper & Yogurt on Spicy Weiser Pumpkin Puree, Okra Curry with Mango Powder & Pear Tomatoes, Yard-Long Beans with Ginger & Garam Masala, Yellow Lentil Dal with Curry Leaves & Mustard Seed, Pink Burmese Rice Pilaf with Himalayan Raisins, Almonds & Pistachios, Smokey Eggplant Raita & Local Mango Chutney
    Malabar Mary with Tomato Water & Pickled Cucumber

  • Tru Spirits Infused Desserts: Mango Lassi Sherbet / Vanilla Tru & Lime Sorbet / Ginger Tru & Jasmine Ice Cream, Pistachio & Goji Berry Biscotti, Cardamom Shortbread or Akasha’s Homemade Ginger & Black Pepper Chai

The best part is that you get all that for only $45, plus gratuity and tax! A deal considering cocktails are usually $10-plus and you get four of them here plus yummy food.

Make your reservations asap as these things book up fast. And I’m thinking especially this one because it’s so special. Food and cocktail pairing, come on! Call (310) 845-1700.

I went to the last event which paired Unibroue beer with food and it was not only a tasty good time but so much fun.


Akasha Restaurant
9543 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232 (map)
Reservations: (310) 845-1700
Twitter: @AkashaRichmond