California Walnut Commission in association with Meraaki Kitchen hosted its first ever California Walnut Festival in Jaipur today. Addressing the gathering were Shivika Kothari, Founder, Meraaki Kitchen and Neha Deepak Shah, Celebrity Chef who shared their views on how walnuts have a flavor profile that pairs beautifully with a variety of seasonal foods.
Left to Right – Shivika Kothari and Chef Neha Deepak Shah
Showcasing the usage and versatility of walnuts, Chef Neha Deepak Shah curated an exciting Indo-Western fusion menu made exclusively with California Walnuts. The month-long festival, will offer some delectable appetizers and lip-smacking walnut desserts such as Walnut Hummus on Laavash, Walnut Cheese Crostini, Walnut Caramel Biscotti and Akhrot ka Halwa to the discerning consumers in Jaipur.
Live Demo Dish – Fried California Walnut Goat Cheese Bites
Talking about the event, Ms. Pamela Graviet, Sr. Marketing Director, International at California Walnut Board & Commission said, “The California Walnut Festival is the city’s first edition of the walnut festival dedicated to creating an enriching experience for our guests. The idea is to highlight the usage and versatility of walnuts, showcasing them as a ‘go-to’ nut for cooking and snacking, befitting any meal or occasion. Not only are walnuts rich in plant-based omega 3 but also an excellent source of antioxidants and fiber, providing the ultimate nutrition your diet requires. We hope our esteemed guests will enjoy this delicious and healthy treat we have in store for them and will make walnuts a part of their daily diet plan.”
Ms. Shivika Kothari, Founder, Meraaki Kitchen added, “Walnuts offer great taste and texture that holds up to a variety of flavour pairings. They can be served in any form – raw, toasted, candied or spiced – and incorporated into a variety of recipes. Considering the city’s growing demand for healthy snacking and finger food options, California walnuts are the ideal choice for fitness and food enthusiasts.”
Celebrity Chef, Ms. Neha Deepak Shah who demonstrated Walnut Goat Cheese Bites recipe at the event remarked, “California Walnuts are not only healthy but are also a wonderfully versatile ingredient to work with. It’s great to be able to offer customers unique flavors with a promise of health in every bite. We thoroughly enjoyed working with California walnuts and hope to add more variety to our existing offering.”
So, what are you waiting for? Add that extra dose of goodness to your meals with California Walnuts and lead a healthy lifestyle rich in essential nutrients.
About California Walnut Commission
The California Walnut Commission (CWC) is funded by mandatory assessments of the growers. The CWC is an agency of the State of California that works in concurrence with the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). The CWC was established in 1987 under California law. This allows the industry to organize and assess itself (in this case the growers) in order to generate monies to accomplish a myriad of activities. The CWC’s primary interest, however, is and has been since its inception, export market development.
Today they also conduct extensive health and nutrition research and take an active role in publicizing the outcomes in all markets including the United States. An important facet of their operation involves the evaluation of its marketing efforts through market research and are also responsible for communication within the industry with more than 4,800 growers in the state of California.