Pune Eat Outs 'coz Pune Eats Out!

पुण्याचे खाद्यप्रेम अनुभवलय ?What is PEO ?

Pune Eat Outs is Pune’s premier and most popular social food community. What started off as a journey of simply sharing food-related experiences in the city, is today a thriving community of PEOple, restaurateurs, home chefs, and much more. Despite being over 1,70,000 in number we’re super active and yet we’re a closely-knit bunch of enthusiastic souls.

Bringing together food experts, restaurateurs and everyone who loves to eat - since 2005. For over 15 years we have bonded over the common love for food, not only online, but also offline through regular PEO Meets and PEOple Connects - igniting a community spirit that moves us to do more and better every time!

PEO is a family and it's PEOple make it what it is today.

What makes PEO truly unique is the genuine bond between food lovers and food creators; helping the culinary landscape of Pune evolve. As the bridge between these two sides of the same coin becomes stronger, the social currency of PEO is being measured in laughs and memories.

Pune Eat Outs 'coz Pune Eats Out!

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खान - पानावर भान हरपणाऱ्यांची सार्वजनीक सभा !PEO Meets, PEOple & More

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#PEOpleStories: AF Desserts

PEO Exclusives Jun 24, 2021
‘Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway’ -Earl Nightingale Fatema Hussain Mandviwala, the amazing woman behind AF desserts, turned her long-standing dream of dessert delivery business into reality last year. Born and brought up in Kuwait and shifted to India post marriage, no wonder you spot Shawarma and Baklava in the menu! She always loved to cook, the art she learnt from her mom and grandparents. She completed her graduation in Business Management. However her culinary passion grew over the years and though not trained in formal culinary school, all that fervour was a prime driving force behind the idea of starting her own venture. Not sure of where and what to start with, the formation of the idea began all the way back in 2013 but then life happened. She adds- “We were blessed with a baby girl which kind of put the whole idea onto hold and then it kept getting delayed as I wanted to start my own restaurant back then”. In 2018, after welcoming another bundle of joy in the world she thought it as a good time to push long-awaited goal further up in the priority list and time to get into action. Chasing your dream isn’t easy, especially being a mom to young kids but not impossible! She discussed the idea with her husband and chalked out the detailed plan in November 2019. “I always wanted to start something on my own and AF Desserts is a dream project for me. I thought that I should start this so people can get great desserts at their doorstep. As it was always supposed to be a delivery/pickup counter I made sure it was easily deliverable in jars form. I always loved layered desserts”, Fatema enthusiastically continued. The following month was all about finalising menu, trials, product photoshoots-all done by herself! And in Jan 2020 AF desserts kicked off it’s operations from home. Talking about challenges, she shared something about marketing strategy. Whenever received any enquiries from people about her products, they were asked to try the dessert samples and provide her the feedback/suggestions in return. And she believed that’s how her family grew over time. “By Jan 2020 I started giving free samples to restaurants as I thought they would be able to sell better than a direct buyer. But by the end of that month, I realised that I sold desserts worth 20K and had already given 25K worth of free samples which didn’t seem to be fruitful and then fortunately for me came the lockdown when I took a step back from the thought of supply.” Fatema responded candidly recalling her early days struggles. She further shared that she is grateful to her friend Zainab Poonawala who gave her first order in the lockdown and the review that Fatema received from her helped her gain the confidence to sell it directly to the people. And then there was no looking back, Fatema kept introducing new jars every month and today she even makes snacks for many clients. When asked about future plans, this enthusiastic woman entrepreneur spilled the beans-from starting a kitchen outside home by 2022 to starting a Desserts Cafe by 2023 and aiming to supply her speciality Baklavas (which she delivers pan India) upto 500kgs by the end of this year. In the immediate future she plans to get branding completed, wishes to do plenty exhibitions and plans to take the storm by collaborating with a known brand which is in talks. As a finishing note she adds, she wouldn’t have been here without her husband’s support. “I am thankful to God and blessings of my parents, in laws, family, friends and most importantly love and support from people who trusted and ordered from me. I have always tried to better myself in terms of taste and quality. Most of my products are sugarfree and healthy. I also aim to supply these desserts all across Pune to restaurants as well.” Product offerings-How do you settle your sweet cravings? Love classic desserts as Jalebi, Gajar ka Halwa or Gulab Jamun Rabdi after desi khana? Or do you fancy something fancy, for instance dark chocolate mousse, red velvet, cheesecake jar or tiramisu jars for that perfect finish to a great meal? Or get enticed with an idea of nutty gorgeous baklavas or cheesy Kunafeh drenched in sugar syrup from the world of Middle Eastern Desserts? AF desserts is one stop destination to indulge your sweet tooth! Do you know ‘stressed’ spelled backwards is ‘desserts’! Also do check their snacks and around the world section. You can place your order here and don’t forget to collect a free goodie with your order! https://puneorders.in/peo/afdesserts/ #PEOpleStory by Sayali Yevale-Raundal
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#PEOpleStories: World Tapari

PEO Exclusives Jun 18, 2021
#WorldTapari The Street Park, Baner Road, Pune Why does street food taste so good everywhere? Because it is usually made by people who have harnessed the art of creating happy customers through their food at the grassroot levels. Street food all over the world is affordable and super tasty. But every street food vendor has his or her own story to tell. The struggle is different at different levels in the society. Usually, a cook wants his food to climb up the gastronomic ladder, evolving through different cuisines and reaching up to the fine dine level. But exceptions prove the rule and to prove the rule, we have a brilliant exception of Mr. Bhushan Ganorkar, who decided to go the other way and bring world street food back to the “streets” with his venture World Tapari. Everything begins at home –A 100 sq.ft. home also acting as a home-style dining hall in Sadashiv Peth back is where it all started. Bhushan was in his primary school when he automatically became a part of this culinary mission. It was not long that he started going independently to the wholesale vegetable market a.k.a. Mandai to get supplies for his family business when he was in his 4th grade of school. And as he grew older, he started getting involved in the cooking process too. All these factors began carving out a path for him for his future and it was no surprise that Bhushan had made up his mind to become a chef, even though he missed the SSC exam merit list by just 1 mark. He started his professional culinary training in 2002 after junior college. Initially, he did a vocational course in cookery and then moved on to proper hotel management courses. After graduating from the catering college in Pune, he began treading on his career path by securing a job in a hotel through campus interviews. His career journey includes milestones of working in major hotel chains such as Oberoi, JW Marriott etc. and being head chef of a popular Pune pan-Asian restaurant as well as the head of a cloud kitchen with a staff of 450 under his command. He has also worked overseas to get ample international exposure in the field of culinary arts. But all this while, he had this thought of entrepreneurship at the back of his mind and as the popular saying goes – there is a time and place for everything. So he waited at the right time to step out of the “employee” world to become his own boss. His biggest advantage was his solid professional background – be it to boldly step into his own business world or to go back to the employee status. His ample experience was enough to encourage and/or support him either ways. Slow and steady wins the race –One thing Bhushan had etched in his mind – start slow, start small and sustain in the long run. To get to know the tricks of the trade, he went through the ‘mandatory’ process of working in various hotels and gather valuable experience along the way. These experiences included both – the culinary types as well as the management side which made him a complete hotel person in the long run. Confidence on one hand and courage on the other, Bhushan knew he was ready to conquer the world with his ‘tapari’. Throughout our conversation, he talked enthusiastically about his vision, future plans for World Tapari and how he wants to share his knowledge with people who aspire to make their mark in the hospitality industry. Bhushan’s day starts early in the morning. While his wife Priya gets ready for her work day ahead in the banking sector, Bhushan goes about performing his duties of a loving father to a 4 year old daughter prepping her for day care etc. Once this is done, he changes his role to that of an entrepreneur and goes about his consultation meetings till about afternoon where he, like Superman, dons the food superhero/chef apron in a jiffy and begins his mission at World Tapari. And Priya makes her contribution to World Tapari – The delectable desserts – Dark Chocolate Mousse and Tiramisu that you will see at World Tapari are made by her. Meticulously planned work schedules between the husband and wife while performing parental duties efficiently ensures the work-life balance in the family. Bhushan and Priya have got the knack of this balance beautifully right which also contributes to perform better in their respective domestic and professional roles every day. The way forward –Bhushan explained to me his future plans and ideas in details. Like any ambitious entrepreneur, he has plans of expansion but as I said earlier, slow and steady is his mantra. As of now, Bhushan’s World Tapari serves a limited range of veg and non veg street food. I had the privilege of tasting the veg menu despite being a hard core non vegetarian and I must confess that I really liked what was offered to us. It was half portions of all the items from the veg section of the menu. And I got a good idea of what Bhushan has to offer to the world with his tapari. Anyone who loves and craves for global street food is bound to be a repeat customer at World Tapari. So this is the story of a tapari – a World Tapari by Bhushan Ganorkar where delectable global street food is churned out by Bhushan and his team of chefs to satiate your taste buds. I have tasted the food myself – it is delicious, affordable and hygienic. I stress a tad bit more on hygienic because a ‘tapari’ is usually associated with some organic chaos around it. But you will be mighty impressed when you visit this World Tapari. The hygiene is at par with global standards too. I wish Bhushan and his team grand success and hope to see such World Taparis sprouting in nooks and crannies of our city, giving more and more people to relish some delectable street food beyond wada pav and kacchhi dabeli. Go ahead guys, conquer the world, one tapari at a time!! You can also get food from this tapari home by ordering through our beloved portal www.puneorders.in./peo/worldtapari/ #PEOpleStory by Amit Dharwadkar
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#PEOpleStories: Arkshuddha Lakadi Ghana

PEO Exclusives Jun 16, 2021
There are people who wish for change. And then there are those who become the Change. This is one such story, of a family who saw something that needed to change for themselves, changed it and are now enabling others to embrace the same. Meet Team Arkshuddha – Lakadi Ghana OilsMehaVi being a very particular housemaker, has always been conscious of what she buys and consumes in her kitchen. Being convinced about the benefits of cold pressed (Lakadi Ghana) oils, she shifted from processed oils to Lakadi Ghana oils. However, soon she came to know, that the Oil she was buying assuming it is a cold pressed oil (as claimed by the supplier), was not genuine. She started researching about the cold pressed oils, however, could not get a reliable supplier in the entire city. Necessity drives change and when it comes to being 100% confident about something which is very important, like all our mothers would say,“It’s better I do it myself.”. Mehavi decided to start a Cold Pressed Oil Extraction Unit by herself. Sumit and Jay joined Mehavi, and team Arkshuddha got in action. On the foundation of very strong support from friends and family, the team Arkshuddha conceptualized the idea of a totally transparent Lakadi Ghana outlet, where customers can see the entire oil extraction process and vouch for the quality by themselves. Team Arkshuddha took this mission to heart and founded their own Lakadi Ghana in 2020. Located in the heart of the city, near Alka Talkies Chowk. Arkshuddha finds pride in the quality and hygiene standards that it maintains. Arkshuddha boasts the fact that its unit is always completely accessible to anybody. Being from a non-food background and the first generation to venture into it, Team Arkshuddha really has their priorities straight – quality with passion. No chemicals are used in the processing of these Oils and are stored and sold in Glass Bottles only (as opposed to plastic to preserve maximum quality). At Arkshuddha, the oils get extracted using complete lakadi ghana and using the ancient Indian methodology of oil extraction. While Arkshuddha does not plan to give out Franchises to maintain the utmost quality, they do have a unique ‘Residential Society Franchise’ model. Aspiring housewives, retired citizens who are active on social media platforms can join team Arkshuddha and become Residential Society Franchise. Complete support in terms of sales and marketing content is provided by Arkshuddha. This is a step taken to be easily accessible to the population, especially in uncertain times, along with providing a least-hassle option to eager partners. As you know, I love asking this question to all entrepreneurs; Which is your favourite Product by Arkshuddha?Mehavi says with a chuckle, “That’s a difficult one as I like and use all of them. But if I must pick one, it must be the Coconut Oil. Not only have we received innumerable compliments from our customers about the same, but also the versatility of the Oil makes it a must for everyone – may it be for Cooking, Skin, Hair, etc.” I totally agree, Coconut Oil something even I use daily. I am sure we all do, in Indian households. What does the future hold for you? Any immediate new plans?“We are new and are just finding our ground. But yes, Chemical free Jaggery is soon to be launched and we are very excited about it.” Any memory throughout your journey you would like to share?“The best memories we have are being able to bring a positive change in many lives. Also, we are glad that we were able to help in busting myths like ‘Oils are bad for you’. Refined and heavily processed oils could be considered bad as nutrients are lost in the process. Cold Pressed Oils contain vital fats and nutrients which are necessary in everyone’s diet.” Is there any advice you would like to give others entering the Food Industry by your experience?“Be passionate and be genuine. Quality products are the need of the hour.” Arkshuddha delivers across Pune. Check out their offerings and place your orders here:https://puneorders.in/peo/arkshuddha/ #PEOpleStory by Shrutika Raikar

लयं भारी ... एक नंबर !Friends of PEO

हेल्मेट नंतर सगळ्यात उपयोगाची वस्तु !PEO Privilege Programme

The PEO Privilege Programme is perhaps a first-of-its-kind of an initiative from a social group. The programme manifests itself in the form of a digital app and card that aims at giving a distinguished identity and a range of exclusive dinning privileges to every member.

The programme is aimed at a close-knit ecosystem, and every facet of every benefit has been curated to get food creators and food lovers closer than ever before. It’s an annual programme but due to the changing scenario in the pandemic, PEO Cards launched in January 2021 will be valid from 1st February till 30th April 2021.

Throughout the year, we work out some brilliant privileges at select places in and around Pune, and only for a select number of PEO Privilege Members. The privilege offers are more than simple discounts – they’re the perfect amalgamation of the best offerings and unique privileges from some of the most loved restaurants in Pune. And those that have experienced being a PEO Privilege Member in the last 5 years will vouch for the same. This year we promise you the same experience, if not an even more elevated one!

कौतुक काॅलम !Love & Encouragement

आपल्या ठळक बातम्या !PEO in the News