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A Passage to India Pop-Up Coming to Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove is getting exotic for one month with A Passage to India/

Though it sounds like an epic movie starring Meryl Streep, A Passage to India is actually the name of the pop-up restaurant taking over the luxury property's restaurant Bizcaya from Thursday, October 3, through Sunday, November 3, for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly.

For the pop-up, the chic restaurant will be decorated with bright peacock blues and greens, mixed with metallic gold and silver accents. The theme also works perfectly for Coconut Grove because the tropical neighborhood is home to dozens of the extravagantly plumed birds.

Executive chef Ramesh Kaduru has used his hometown of Chennai, India, as inspiration for his dishes. Chennai, formerly Madras, is known for its curries, and chefs in that region are known for making dishes that employ all taste sensations. Chef Kaduru has been with Ritz-Carlton for more than a decade and is the hotel's resident expert on catering Indian weddings at various sister properties.

In addition to heading the pop-up, the chef will host a cooking demonstration Saturday, October 12, from 4 to 6 p.m., when Kaduru will teach an intimate group how to make a traditional multicourse Indian meal. The cost is $35 per person, which includes tastings of all dishes made, a lassi beverage, an appetizer, and an entrée. The class is limited to 15 people, and reservations can be made by calling 305-644-4675.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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