From their go-to caterers and trusted alcohol vendors to florists and party prop people, experts in the food industry open up their black books and share their contacts with us. Perfect for the upcoming Diwali party and just as useful after the lights go out. Yes, the house always wins.
Nikhil and Natasha Chib, Co-hosts of ‘The Chef and His Better Half’ and owners of Busaba restaurant
Alcohol: Randeep Singh from Shah Wines (call 9820077121) and Nikhil Agarwal from All Things Nice (call 9820704500).
Bar Accessories: Wasted Fish in Bandra for fun bar accessories! (call 32060609, 36A, Luisa Apartments, St.John Baptist Road, Bandstand, Bandra (W), see their website here).
Bartender: Steal one from Wink at the Vivanta by Taj President (call 66650808).
Caterer: Busaba! (call 67478971).
Dessert: Sanjana Patel at La Folie for amazing specialty French desserts (call 9821036625).
Crockery: Rent silverware and other basics from Mohmadi Taheri (call 2342713).
Florist: Nazneen Jehangir does pretty arrangements (call 9821015128).
Babso Kanwar, Owner of food marketing Consultancy, ASK For Food and organiser of Taste of Mumbai
Mithai: Chedda Stores for bite-sized Indian sweets, (see website here); Anjeer Barfi from Ramanlal Vithaldas (call 23429269); Besan Barfi from Kusum Khanna (call 26055625); and Angoori Basundi from Trupti Snacks (24306837).
Alcohol: I love Italian Prosecco, which can be bought from Fine Wines & More (call 9930044551, view the website here) or Aspri Spirits (call 26401997).
Gourmet food: Cheese Platters from Sante (call 64522544); Meat from Farallon Hospitality (call 9869085453) and fish from SKR Foods (call 22020284).
Party Supplies: Saria Stores at Lohar Chawl (call 22082314) for plates and shot glasses by the dozen; Vishal Stores at Crawford Market for party decoration supplies (call 9867365318) and Pravin Electricals for exotic lights (call 22070440).
Florist: Rosetta (call 22151170) and Dilip Florist at Cuffe Parade (call 22180897).
Pooja Dhingra, Owner of Le 15 Patisserie and Le 15 Studio
Caterer: Bhakti Mehta from Little Food Co. (call 9819136441, www.littlefoodco.com) and Varun Sheth from 1 Tablespoon (call 9920366639).
Florist: Dipti Goenka of Budluv (call 24909999).
Party Decorations: The Party Shop at Crawford Market (call 49177642).
Bartender: Madhukar gets the party started (call 9860234105).
Mohit Khattar, MD and CEO at Godrej Nature’s Basket
Caterer: Olive Bar & Kitchen does a great spread for house parties (call 43408228)
Dessert: Theobroma (call 22873778) and Café Basilico (call 66345670).
Gourmet Food: Godrej Nature’s Basket, of course! (visit their website here to locate your nearest store).
Bartender: Tulleeho, the beverage academy (call 32655642) sends over well-trained and suave bartenders.
Party Decorator: Naomi Fernandes and Abhimanyu Khandelwal from V4 events (www.v4events.in).
Nico Ghogavala, Restaurateur and owner of Nico Bombay
Alcohol: Framroze & Co. at Walkeshwar (call 23635881); Warden Wine & Liquor Mart on Warden Road (call 23679268) and Shah Wines at Colaba/Cuffe Parade (call 23400921).
Caterer: Bademiya (call 22021447) or Ayubs (call 30932030) for rolls, and Sayeed Khan for more hardcore kebabs. Moveable Feast for Mediterranean and Continental cuisine (call 23545454).
Bartender: Don’t hire companies! Go to your favourite bar and ask the bartender there to do your party!
Abhishek Honawar, Co-owner of Woodside Inn and The Pantry
Caterer: Gaia Home Chef (call 9820036525); Silver Spoon Gourmet (call 8286044424) and Kailash Parbat (call 22045281).
Dessert: Le 15 (call 9769286544); Oberoi Patisserie (call 66325757); and Welcome Hindu restaurant for gulab jamuns! Call 22654326).
Party Decorations: Prop Shop (view their website here); Madcaps The Party Shop (call 26424566). Try and get a photo booth – it makes for a fun activity!
Bartender: Cocktails & Dreams (call 61619880); Barmobile (call 9821302348); Stir Academy (call 24451033) and even your favourite neighborhood bar could send their bartender over! Ice popsicles and boozy golas are a fun addition.
Party Favours: I like to use Happily Unmarried ( see their website here).
Riyaaz Amlani, CEO and Managing Director, Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality
Caterer and Bartender: Impressario’s restaurants! (call 26423532).
Dessert: Country of Origin (call 23642221).
Exotic Ingredients: Fortune Foods for cold cuts, cheese, dates, dry fruits etc. (call 43664444).
Alcohol: Sameer Hazif from Continental Sales (call 9768002233).
Party Props: Party Hunterz (call 65250747).
Aishwarya Nair, Cuisinier and Wine Consultant to the Leela Group of Hotels and Founder of Dolce Desserts
Caterer: Marut Sikka ( view her website here, call 29522441).
Dessert: Dolce (call 66911234 Ext.53).
Crockery: Good Earth (call 24951954, view their website here)
Avani Raheja, Founder of Burgundy Hospitality (responsible for bringing Royce’ to India)
Alcohol: I get my wine from Fine Wines & More (call 9930044551).
Caterer: Eat Drink Design by Pooja (call 9892245233).
Dessert: Bombake by Nikita Sanyal (call 9820182519).
Team Brown Paper Bag’s Party Picks
Caterer: Gaurav, a kulchawala who sets up a stall right in your living room. Perfect for December weather (call 9930453198).
Hookah Service: Hukkalicious sends over sheesha, flavour, coal and an attendant to oversee it all as you lounge about. (call 9619366043).
Party Debris Cleaners: Hammer And Mop will come over and clean up after your guests so you can have a good night’s sleep (Call 9223544599, visit their website here).