Takeout with a Twist


CALGARY — Calgary may be considered a meat-and-potatoes town, but one of the city’s top caterers is hoping to change that with the launch of Tiffin For You — a takeout concept that helped revive a flagging business on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.

GreatEvents Group and Office Gourmet Catering introduced the operation this week, giving businesses the chance to order traditional Indian Tiffin Boxes with a fun, contemporary twist. “We are very excited to bring this unique, traditional and environmentally friendly concept to the Calgary market,” says Ulrich Kuenz, president of GreatEvents Group. “At the heart of our menu offering is the finest ingredients in an array of both classic and adventuresome dishes that showcase our creativity and commitment to the highest levels of quality.”

The food comes in several stacked stainless steel boxes with a carry-handle. The customer’s East Indian/Western meal includes a choice of hot, entrée, side and dessert, as well as vegetarian options prepared fresh daily.

The concept is not entirely new to Canada. Chindi Varadarajulu has been featuring Tiffin boxes in her Vancouver-based restaurant, Chutney Villa, since 2009. But, it appears to be gaining traction because of its eco-friendly packaging.

Tiffin-box delivery originated in Mumbai, India, where thousands of “dabbawalas” (the closest English translation being “lunch-box delivery man”) have, for over a century, delivered home-cooked lunches from the kitchens of wives and mothers to the city’s workers.

Busy individuals and families who want to try the Tiffin Box menus but can’t order them through their offices will be able to pick up the same meals in a Tiffin Box or in recyclable packaging that can be microwaved or cooked in the oven. These meals are called “Cravings to Go” and are available at GreatEvents Group’s Cravings Market Restaurant.

Tiffin for You is an operating division of GreatEvents Group, a one-stop-shop for catering and rentals since 1982.

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