Spices and Seasons with Mambo 64

Arlen Gargaliano and Rinku Bhattacharya  As I was perusing through some pictures on this snowy day, I came across pictures of this absolutely wonderful event that I had done with my friend Arlen, the chef and owner of Mambo 64.

The idea came together spontaneously and captured both our imaginations. It was a novel concept and not one that had been explored before in Westchester.

We mixed up dishes, often showcasing them in Latin and Indian ways, such as my Chicken Tikka and Arlen’s roasted chicken with Jalapeno sauce. Possibly one of the highlights of my evening was meeting the rest of the Mambo family – the delightful Chef Annie who I could take home, the enthusiastic Pepe and Jessica – Arlen’s very committed publicist.

The class was a smaller group than some of her other classes, allowing me to chat and mingle better with the guests. Some of the other interesting observations was to see how well my pear and raisin chutney (from the Spices and Seasons, cookbook) meshed with tortilla chips, who knew. Arlen’s quinoa salad with corn and black beans has become a household staple.

As for my malpoa, they worked beautifully with an apple and pistachio topping.  To capture the spirit of the evening, here is a little video that I put together of the few scattered shots that I had taken.


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