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.