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Spice of Life

Alamelu Vairavan, a Whitefish Bay resident, is an author and culinary instructor. Alamelu has a passion for educating the public about the use of spices and legumes in preparing healthy and tasty foods. She is also interested in educating the public about the growing research that points to the enormous health benefits of spices in preventing many diseases. Her mission is to enrich people's culinary experience and to inspire them to discover that cooking and sharing healthful foods can be an especially joyful experience.

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Wine & Dine Experience at Coquette Cafe in Milwaukee

A festive Wine & Dine event in Milwaukee was held on Wednesday April 28th, 2010 at the Coquette Cafe at 5:30PM. This was the first event in a monthly series organized by Becky Steimle and David Wise of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Admission to the event was only by reservation, and attendance was limited to 50 guests. It turned out to be a sold-out event, with the proceeds going to the Feeding America program. Other Milwaukee restaurants will be hosting future events.

This first event was hosted by Chefs Chris Hatleli and Nick Burki of Coquette Cafe along with me. As a culinary consultant and an Indian cookbook author, I already had the pleasure of working with Chris and Nick when they were the chefs at the Milwaukee Art Museum's Calatrava cafe. Our collaboration has always been a rewarding experience for me, and I believe it was a rewarding experience for them as well.

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Healthful Indian Flavors on MPTV

It is such a thrill to have my own cooking series on MPTV. The series titled, “Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu” made its premiere on May 15 (MPTV) on Channel 10 at 11am.

I have been passionately promoting healthful Indian cooking to the public since the publication of my first cookbook, “Art of South Indian Cooking” in 1997.  More recent cook books published in 2001 and in 2008 have greatly helped me to reach a larger number of people. My culinary activities during the last several years have also included cooking classes at communication education centers, university and hospital outreach programs and in local libraries, including cooking presentations at the Whitefish Bay Library.

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