Taste of India Dinner

TASTE OF India at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge

We are pleased to announce that our first event sold out! A second dinner will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Make your reservations HERE.


Saturday, January 19, 2018


$35.00 plus tax and gratuity

All ages welcome

Taste of India Dinner ChefsBring your appetites on Saturday, January 19, for the Taste of India Dinner at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge. Chefs Mangesh Hegde and Yeshwant Reddy will present a special, one night only menu featuring dishes like chicken tikka, dal fry, and tandoori salmon.

Both chefs come to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa from Mumbai through a culinary exchange program and are excited to present the cuisine of India to Traverse City.

“These are all dishes we would find at a restaurant in India, and we’re using a lot of traditional flavors,” said Mangesh. “There aren’t many Indian restaurants in this area, so we wanted to bring something from home to Aerie.”

Yeshwant agreed. “People here crave Indian food, and they tell me they go to Detroit to get a meal. The second week I was here, we did an Indian dinner for about fifteen people in the culinary department. They were so excited that we knew we had to do a bigger event.”

The Taste of India Dinner follows the tradition of the Jamaican Dinner (celebrating its third iteration on October 13) and the Filipino Dinner, which took place this past April. Mangesh and Yeshwant created a menu inspired by their favorite dishes and will also organize ordering ingredients and lead the kitchen the night of the event.

Yeshwant said it’s unusual to have so many opportunities to share culture and cuisine. “You don’t get these kinds of chances other places. At the Resort, you can make changes to your food and experiment, and if it’s good, it will go on the menu. You have freedom to try new things.”

The special menu is available on Saturday, January 19, at $35 per guest plus tax and gratuity. Featured beverages will also be available. All ages are welcome.

Call Aerie Restaurant & Lounge at 231-534-6800 for reservations or click here. Want to make a night of it? Call 231-534-6000 for great room rates.


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View Dinner Menu as a PDF

View Drink Menu As a PDF

Salad and soup

 -Warm Chickpea salad-
Fresh chickpeas, bell peppers, carrot, cabbage, pine nuts, arugula, fresh herbs

-Green Salad-
Mix greens, lemon vinaigrette, tomato, cabbage, carrot, chaat masala

Tamarind soup base, lentils, garlic, rasam, chile


-Pahadi Chicken Tikka-
Skewered chicken with onions and peppers marinated in a spiced yoghurt sauce, coriander, cilantro

-Prawns Koliwada-
Flash fried prawns marinated in garlic and ginger paste, kashmiri red chili powder, fresh lime

-Paneer Tikka-
Housemade paneer, peppers, onions, yoghurt and spices, cilantro


All entrees served with jeera rice and roti.

-Butter chicken-
Chicken in a spiced tomato and cashew sauce, garam masala malt vinegar, garlic, ginger, cilantro

-Dal fry-
Yellow lentils, onion, tomato, garlic, ginger, cumin, garam masala

-Tandoori Salmon-
Barbecued spiced salmon, mango puree, curry, garlic, honey, ginger


-Gajar halwa-
Sweet carrot pudding garnished with marcona almonds and cashews

-Mango Lassi-
Fresh mango, sweetened yogurt, cardamom, mango sauce, mango dome

 Call 231-534-6800 for reservations.



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