What’s so Exotic about Padma Lakshmi?

One of the definitions of exotic according to Webster’s dictionary is defined as “strikingly different” which also describes when Padma Parvati Lakshmi came into prominence in the culinary world.  She brought a different point of view to the mainstream.  Lakshmi is an Indian American cookbook author, actress, model and television host. Her debut cookbook Easy Exotic won her the “Best First Book” award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in 2006, for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. In 2010, Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.

In 2019 she joined the streaming world on Hulu with her original series, Taste the Nation, really worth watching if one is open about the diversity of American people and cooking.




Tips From Pat the Perfect Party Planner on Wedding Showers

It All Depends on the Party


(Top Chef Wedding Shower Photo)

What bridal shower food you serve will largely depend on the type of party you’re throwing and the time of day the party is being held.

If you’re throwing the bridal shower at a ritzy restaurant at dinnertime, of course dinner is going to be expected. However, if you’re throwing the party at your home in between lunch and dinner, finger foods should do just fine.

When Dinner Is Called For

If you are throwing a party and the time of day calls for dinner or lunch, chicken dishes are usually inexpensive and easy bridal shower food dishes to prepare. However, it’s always a good idea to give the guests a choice from at least two main courses.

Fun Finger Foods

If finger foods are enough to suffice, try mixing it up. Finger sandwiches are a given. Almost every bridal shower party that serves bridal shower food has finger sandwiches.

Try to liven it up by serving sushi or other exotic delicacies. The more unique the bridal shower food menu, the more memorable the party will be.


Cake is a must – there’s no two ways around it. However, try having a dessert table in addition to the bridal shower cake. Having an array of sweets in your bridal shower food lineup is sure to impress those with a sweet tooth.

No matter what bridal shower food you serve at your wedding, as long as there’s a variety of choices to suite everyone’s varying tastes, the menu should be a hit.