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'Chilli Cousins' Charity Dinner

  • The Dome Room, Hotel du Vin 2 Ship St Brighton, England, BN1 1AD United Kingdom (map)


On 22nd May – as part of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival – we'll be collaborating with our friends La Choza to host a five-course feast combining the vibrant flavours of India and Mexico. All profits will go to local charity FareShare Sussex to help them in their fight to tackle food waste and bring much-needed meals to the homeless and vulnerable of Brighton (and beyond).

What inspired this event?
In the 15th Century AD, Christopher Columbus set on a voyage to India to source pepper and other spices from the ports of Kochi and Goa. He never made it to India, instead sailing in almost the opposite direction and discovering The Americas by chance. He opened up a brand new extended silk route from Kochi to Seville and The Americas (including Mexico), forever changing India's food scene in the process. Suddenly, Mexican-grown chillies, tomatoes, corn, pineapples and tamarind were available to Indian home cooks and chefs for the first time. No longer were they reliant on black pepper for spicing, which at the time was as expensive as gold. Ordinary Indian families could now grow these amazing, exotic ingredients in their back yards. The king of which was, of course, chilli.
In deference to Mexico’s invaluable contribution to its culinary landscape, the Mexicans were dubbed ‘Chilli Cousins’ by a grateful Indian nation. This five-course 'Chilli Cousins' dinner on 22nd May will feature a menu created by head chefs Kānthi Kiran Thamma of Curry Leaf Cafe & Benji Hinchcliffe of La Choza (read about Benji HERE) to celebrate this special culinary relationship, combining two amazing cuisines in one truly unique dining experience. Expect a riot of colour, flavour and fun!

LOCATION: The Dome Room (at the back Pub du Vin)
DATE: 22nd May, 7pm
TICKETS: £35 in advance