by Kelly Griffith Fuquay Varina Independent 1 day 5 hrs ago | 879 views | 0 | 14 | |
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Just like Mom used to make. So many restaurants claim to bring that homestyle cooking to a drive-thru window near you. But Alaksha Surti hopes to bring Garner residents something very different.
Her new catering business, Alaksha’s Custom Catering, kicked off its business campaign during the 2011 Garner Chamber Business and Consumer Expo Apr. 7, where potential customers tried buttered chicken with a hint of curry and a vegetarian pasta salad.
Surti received rave reviews from the event and has already seen a response in the number of orders coming in for her Indian, Chinese and Mexican-inspired dishes.
“I’ve always had a passion for cooking,” Surti said.
She studied at International College of Hotel Management in Adelaide, Australia and Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School of Arts.
She also gained experience working for the Hilton in Australia and the Regency Mariott hotels in London and Orlando.
“I love the hospitality industry,” Surti said.
A stay-at-home mom of three children, she cooks for her family everyday, so cooking for others comes naturally.
The most important aspect of the business to Surti is satisfying her customers.
“I just want to put the best food out possible,” she said.
Still, Surti said if it weren’t for her family, this new business wouldn’t have started. Her husband, Nilesh, was very supportive of starting the business. With his encouragement, Surti began catering a few events and finally felt ready to jump in with both feet.
Her mother had a big part in the process as well. Surti grew up watching her mother cook daily and learned a lot of her technique at home. Now, Surti uses many family recipes as well as some she experimented with herself to create comfort food families will love.
“I love tasty food,” she said. “For me the food has to have a lot of flavor.”
While she can cater major events, Surti said she also likes to cater delicious meals to families. It’s a great alternative to fast food or take out, she said.
Surti’s menu items serve families of four, but she can accommodate as many or as few people as the customer wants. She also can customize dishes to a customer’s preference.
And with entrées ranging from $24 for gourmet quiches to $36 for salmon poached in a curry sauce, Surti’s prices are cheaper than many restaurants and customers can enjoy meals in the comfort of their own home.
Prices for appetizers like crab cakes or tandoori chicken range from $10 to $18 and sides like Mexican bean salad with lemon dressing and couscous with cranberries and walnuts cost $8 to $14.
Delicious desserts Cost between $10 and $16. They include chocolate truffle cupcakes with a chocolate ganache center and tiramisu.
Surti can work with any budget. Customers with big crowds to feed can give her a budget and Surti can create a special menu for the event.
Garner residents receive free delivery. There is a small charge for delivery outside of Garner. Just make sure to call ahead. Surti requires 72 hours notice for any catering job.
Customers who refer a friend to Alaksha’s Custom Catering receive a 15 percent discount on their next order.Copyright 2011 Fuquay-Varina Independent. All rights reserved.