In the early 1970s, newcomers to Canada, Kamal and Sudha Mehra, opened their first restaurant, Mehra’s Delicatessen, on McDermot Avenue across from Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre. The couple served a host of deli sandwiches — including the famous “Mehra’s Special” (5oz. of rolled corned beef and pastrami, topped with Sudha’s secret hot mustard and melted Swiss cheese). A year later Kamal’s mother, Usha Mehra, immigrated to Canada and the family founded Winnipeg’s first North Indian restaurant, India Gardens, featuring all of Mrs. Mehra’s original recipes and Winnipeg’s first five-star buffet. Over the years, Kamal and Sudha Mehra found community in the thousands of diners that graced their doorways and in 1994 the Mehras expanded their operation by opening their York Avenue location, naming it East India Company. Kamal’s vision — to establish, expand, and celebrate our understanding of South Asian cuisine and culture has left an undeniable impact across the country, with three East India Company locations, a proprietary line of sauces and spices for at-home cooking, and now a bursary — with your help — that honours this legacy.
On April 18th East India Company Restaurant Ottawa is hosting a fundraiser in support of a newly created bursary established at Algonquin College in loving honour of and as tribute to our father, Kamal Mehra (1947-2015). The Algonquin College Kamal Mehra Culinary Bursary will support a new generation of visionary culinary talent, but we need your help to get things started. Please join us April 18th for what will be an unforgettable decadent night of delicious South Asian inspired cuisine by chef Nitin Mehra, with drinks paired by Beyond the Pale Brewing Company, and dessert by Moo Shu Ice Cream.
Tickets are available here.