Mix & Mingle – Annual Cake Mixing Soiree at Level 12 – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chinchwad

 Level 12(A Rooftop restaurant) – DoubleTree by Hilton gears up to usher in Christmas season with the traditional cake mixing ceremony!

Yes, yet another cake mixing ceremony invite even before I could get over the previous one. In the other post about the traditional cake mixing ceremony, I explained about how the cake mixing ceremony is religiously followed all over the world and is regarded as the harbinger of good times. It’s now time throw some more light over it.

Heralding the oncoming of Christmas, excited in house foreigners, guests, bloggers, invitees and the staff at Level 12 – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel geared up with aprons, caps and gloves to take part in this fun filled ceremony.

The first step towards making the cake is the mixing process, formally called ‘Cake Mixing‘, Cashews, almonds, walnuts and other assorted dry fruits along with prunes, raisins, glazed cherries and a whole lot of other items go into the cake mixing. Not to forget are the freshly ground spices like cinnamon powder with the “spirit of the season” – the rum, whiskey, brandy and wine to soak the mixture in. It was fun this time because I got to participate in the mixing ceremony unlike last time where I visually enjoyed the sight of pretty ladies having a ball whilst the dry fruits were mixed with alcohol, Sheer indulgence!

“The marinated assortment of dry fruits will be incorporated when baking plum cakes and puddings. The longer the mix is kept for, the tastier will be the cake”, said Chef Parthiv Joshi, Executive Chef, DoubleTree by Hilton Pune Chinchwad.

The whole Cake Mixing Ceremony is held in organizations to spread comradeship and team work which brought in the entire team of Level 12 involved with their in-house guests in creating memories that gave them the home away from home experience. The ceremony was followed by wine and appetizers tasting for the guests.

A few of the pass around starters that we tried were,

• Waterless Golgappa

• Rajma ke Goolar

• Corn and cheese Kurkuri

• Teekhi Mirchi

 Wondering why I didn’t elaborate? Reason number 1, those are vegetarian starters and number 2, I liked them! That’s enough explanation a carnivore can give about vegetarian appetizers.

We were also served,Highway Chicken Tikka on a peppery plate!That’s music to my ears! And by that I don’t mean Justin Beiber, I meant Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan! Grilled over red hot coals and brushed with ghee at intervals to increase its flavor. This one dish alone triumphs all the vegetarian starters served at Level 12.

Barah ka Bater (Quail)Does that even need an elaboration? One of the finest, richest and classiest appetizers I have ever had. Quail smeared with herbs and spices and deep fried to perfection! I am going back to Level 12 for this. We also tried the Seekh kebab and Kasundi fish tikka along with various mocktails.

Cake mixing was fun and all but what made my evening were the soulful performances by the Sufi Rock Band – Rudraksh.

‘Rudraksh – The Sufi Rock Band’ is a group of self taught musicians who are determined to revamp the perception of Sufi music by giving it the classic rock touch, highly appreciated by their audience. They perform every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at Level 12.

Another thing that deserves a special mention is their hospitality. If I were to define Hospitality, I’d say visit Double Tree by Hilton. I don’t do this often but I have to pen it down, the Senior Executive – Marketing Communication, Mridul Khosla took great care of us not because we are bloggers but because they care! So that’s one more reason to visit Level 12 – DoubleTree by Hilton!

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