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‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’ – tips, tricks, pictures and more…

Few weeks have gone by since tanaRi events brought together some amazing talents from the South asian wedding industry to the Tie the Knot Bazaar, which took place at Soigne K in November.   Since then we have received many requests to share more details of the event, so here we go…

Tie the Knot Bazaar incorporated many new ideas for brides-to-be and here is a slight refresher for you…

* Décor: Less is more is such a beautiful philosophy.

Sometimes weddings with minimal and simple décor can be the most beautiful weddings.  Taking that inspiration, tanaRi events’s table was decorated with a simple tall centerpiece that complimented tanaRi events’ colors. As part of décor, we also included turquoise cake pops.

Using food and drinks as part of your décor is a great idea that you can use.  Keep the colors & flavors synchronized with your overall theme and you’ve got a winner!

*Desserts: Tiered-cakes are classic and will always ‘in’.  However, these days focus has shifted a bit from elaborate cakes to dessert bars with a mélange of bite-sized delectables, including cupcakes or cake pops.  Bittersweet NYC provided us with perfectly sized and succulent cake pops in our colors, which were much appreciated by the guests as well.

*Entertainment: What will people remember most about your wedding? Along with food, entertainment is one of the most important at a wedding reception.  You could choose a DJ/Band for music or more exotic  choices of entertainment.

At Tie the Knot Bazaar, we had middle eastern dancers, who performed a variety of dance and introduced a range of props, even swords were at play :), which was extremely entertaining.  The best part of the dance, as noted by the guests,  was that they danced to music from different parts of the world, including Bollywood.

*Photobooth: Even though photo booths are not new, Tie the Knot Bazaar took a very unique take on this idea.  We customized it for a South Asian wedding theme.  The booth was lined with saris and the many accessories included a pagdi (a Indian headpiece worn by men), saris, dupattas (silk stoles), hand made mustaches, bindis, eye glasses and the like.  This is definitely a place to be very creative.  Our lovely photographer, KSD Weddings captured many candid shots of the guests.

In addition to this the vendors brought together great tips and tricks for today’s bride.   We are glad to have presented this opportunity for you and truly honored that you enjoyed it!

Just in case you missed it, check out Part One of ‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’ blog – http://wp.me/s1AGiI-success.  If you have feedback from the event, feel free to send us an email to info@tanarievents.com

Photos courtesy: KSD Weddings  Location: Soigne K


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Food and conversations with chef Hemant Mathur from Tulsi, NYC.

Recently I had a chance to sit down and talk to Hemant Mathur, the executive chef and co-owner of Tulsi.  Already a fan of his cooking, it was a great opportunity for me to get to know the chef’s backstory.   As a bonus, I got to learn how to make a tandoori naan.  Fresh bread and great conversation… good times!

I am sure all food lovers will enjoy the special gift he has for you at the end of this article.  Read on…

  • What fueled your passion for cooking?


When I was 17, I started working as an apprentice at the Rambagh Palace Hotel in Jaipur. Traditional schooling had not been exciting to me, but once I started working in the kitchen, I found myself really enjoying my work and my life.  That started me on the path to becoming a chef.

  • In brief, how would you describe your philosophy on food?  

I strive to create Indian cuisine that is bold, yet has clean and distinct flavors. It should be multidimensional – layers of flavors, textures and colors – with an elegant presentation and always made with the best-quality ingredients available.

  • How did Tulsi come about?

Tulsi is the result of a reunion of longtime friends. Tulsi’s co-owner Vijay Rao was a loyal customer of mine when I worked at Diwan Grill in the 1990s, and he has wanted to collaborate with me on a restaurant since then. Rao reconnected me with tandoor master Dhandu Ram, whom I first met when we were both aspiring chefs-in-training at New Delhi’s celebrated Bukhara Restaurant. The three of us finally have the chance to work together at Tulsi.

  • What sets Tulsi apart from other Indian restaurants in the city?

We offer a distinctive approach to Indian food – authentic in flavor, but reinterpreted for sophisticated New Yorkers, movers and shakers, and world travelers.

  • What’s your favorite dish to prepare for your family

Poori Aloo.

  • Could you share an easy yet delicious recipe for a bride-to-be, who wants to wow her fiancé?

Seared Sea Scallops with Bell Pepper Sauce and Coconut Rice.  This is fast, easy and elegant recipe especially for tanaRi events’ fans! Download the recipe from the link below.

Hemant Mathur_Seared Scallops with Bell Pepper Sauce Recipe

Tried to make this recipe?

Added your own touch to it?

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Join us on November 8th at the Tie the Knot Bazaar, to meet chef Hemant Mathur & taste some of his tasty snacks.   Email us today to rsvp@tanarievents.com

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Indian Designer Fashions & Exquisite Artistry on Madison Avenue

Soigne K on Madison Avenue features Indian designer fashions & exquisite artistry.  Here is a chance to get to know the woman behind the brand. 

Soigné Kothari, the founder and president of her eponymous multi-brand specialty store, Soigne K, is an entrepreneur, jewelry designer, businesswoman, gourmet chef, wife, and mom, rolled into one fashionable force, and seems to do it all with great elegance.

Born and raised in Mumbai, India, some of Soigne’s earliest memories of fashion and jewelry were during her visits to family business locations, where luxury goods were being made and sold.  Her taste for elegance and one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces led her to pursue a degree in fashion merchandising from FIT, Mumbai.

Soigne went on to become a successful jewelry designer in India with the Karma line of spiritually inspired jewelry.  When she moved to the States sixteen years ago, Soigne carried on her vision to bring India’s breathtaking heritage and exquisite artistry and make it accessible to the discerning American woman.

In September 2010, she launched her store, Soigne K, located in the mid-60s on New York’s prestigious Madison Avenue providing a platform for luxury goods and couture fashion by Indian designers and artists.

Through the designers showcased at her Madison Avenue boutique, Soigne hopes to dispel “the preconceived notions of Indian fashion, involving a colorful peasant skirt or a sari”.  The store introduces the American audience to exemplary fashions that blends the rich, cultural fashion voices of India and the fast-moving trends of the West.

The first floor of the sleek minimalist two-storied space carries high-end dresses, resort wear, fashion jewelry, scarves and belts by contemporary Indian designers.  The second floor features traditional Indian wear, exquisite evening gowns, formal dresses, jackets and handcrafted jewelry.

On November 8th, Soigne K will be the place to be at for brides-to-be and fashion enthusiasts seeking the best in the wedding industry.  The ‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’ hosted by event planning company ‘tanaRi events’ will showcase an array of talent from the world of fashion, photography, fine-dining, hair & make-up, entertainment, and the like.  Soigne K will have sari-draping tutorials and exclusive deals for the guests of ‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’.   RSVP today to join us on Nov 8thrsvp@tanarievents.com

(Photo Credits – Soigne K; Writer & Editor: Remya Thomas)

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You are invited to ‘Tie The Knot Bazaar’

Over the year, you have been with us, cheering us on.   You followed tanaRi events’ blog, Facebook, Twitter  and website.   You wanted to learn more and share information about tanaRi events with your friends.

Today, we are excited to announce that we are hosting an exclusive event  Tie The Knot Bazaar  on November 8th – for tanaRi’s friends, supporters, brides-to-be and your friends to come meet us in person and get to know tanaRi events more!

Of course, tanaRi events will not be complete without the fabulous vendors we work with in bringing you the most magical weddings and social events.  ‘Tie The Knot Bazaar‘ will feature the work of amazing talents from the world of fashion & accessories, photography, stationery, hair & makeup, fine dining and entertainment.

Save the date to join us on November 8th.  Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the brilliance behind the brands!

Soigne Kothari from Soigne K

bringing the modern woman high style and elegant fashion from the finest Indian designers

Chef Hemant Mathur from Tulsi

providing a taste of his mastery in distinctive regional Indian flavors and signature dishes

Reena Vadehra & Jaee Likhite from 3 Bees Paperie

presenting unique inspirations for life’s celebrations on luxury paper and stationery collections

Surbhi Sahni from Bittersweet NYC

will share her passion for custom-designed wedding cakes and Indian-inspired confections

Tina Doshi from KSD Weddings

capturing stories that are natural, beautiful and genuine one photo at a time

Heidi Evora- Santiago from Damali NYC

bringing her attention to detail as she transforms brides to look their very best


Jayesh Rana from Raaz Entertainment

providing music & entertainment to fill our souls

We definitely hope to see you there!     More details coming soon!

(Special thanks to Soigne K for providing the space for “Tie The Knot’ at their gorgeous Madison Avenue boutique.  Soigne K collections are carefully curated, to create a memorable, signature experience.  Find the latest and the finest in designer wear for the modern woman at Soigne K)


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