Celebration of Californian Cuisine with Michelin Star Chef Steve Litke


Mumbai, 10th August 2019: All Things Nice presented an evening celebrating Californian Cuisine with Michelin Star Chef Steve Litke, as he teamed up with the culinary team of Sofitel Mumbai BKC. Chef Steve Litke was awarded his first Michelin Star in 2007 and has maintained the honour every year since then at Farmhouse Restaurant in Sonoma County, USA. He was one of the first American Chefs invited to prepare a meal at the world famous Salone del Gusto Slow Food event in Turin, Italy. Chef Steve was also invited by the prestigious James Beard Foundation to curate exclusive dinners for their guests.

Chef Steve Litke presented a fabulous 5 course menu showcasing modern Californian cuisine with a focus on farm to table, paired with wines from all over the world. The culinary team at Sofitel Mumbai BKC did an outstanding job under the leadership of Executive Chef Neeraj Rawoot.

These exquisite dinners were paired with wines like Chandon Brut NV, Cloud Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Terrazas Reserve Malbec from Argentina, El Goru from Spain, Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay, Fetzer Eagle Peak Merlot from the United States of America and even TWG Black Tea by Sommelier Nikhil Agarwal, CEO -All Things Nice.

Guest for the evening included: Lazaro Sandoval, Head of the United States Department of Agriculture – Alexander Bargstaedt, Head of Transformation & Strategy, Volkswagen Finance Pvt. Ltd. – Maniti Shah and Raj Gilani, Shree Naman Group – Vikas Kapai, General Manager Sofitel Mumbai BKC – Kamlesh Thakur, Chairman Primes Investrade Ltd. – Abhishek Lulla.

Our partners for this event included: French luxury hotel, Sofitel Mumbai BKC and Sub Zero – Wolf with the support of the United States Department of Agriculture.

The guests enjoyed the following menu:

Chandon Brut NV, Nashik, India


Tomato Gelée Salad, toy box tomato, cucumber, bloomed basil, micro greens Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough, New Zealand


Ahi Tuna Tartare, fermented chili, ginger, garlic, scallion, soy, miso edamame, sunflower, sprouts


Roasted Beet Tartare, fermented chili, ginger, garlic, scallion, soy, miso edamame, sunflower, sprouts Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay 2016, California, USA


Duck Breast, sprouted lentil, quinoa, short grain brown rice, California almond, cherry red wine gastrique


Roasted King Oyster Mushroom, sprouted lentil, quinoa, short grain brown rice, California almond, cherry red wine gastrique

Ego Bodegas El Goru 2017, Jumilla, Spain

Fetzer Eagle Peak Merlot 2014, California, USA


Roasted Rack of Lamb, garden ratatouille, black olive, salt, red pepper jus


Roasted Garlic Three Cheese Polenta, garden ratatouille, black olive, salt, red pepper jus Terrazas de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2017, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina


Seasonal Fruit and Yogurt Tart TWG 1837 Black Tea

About Steve Litke – Located in Sonoma County, which is synonymous with super high quality wines, Farmhouse Inn delivers unparalleled luxury and exquisite surroundings. Farmhouse Inn Executive Chef, Steve Litke, loves food and has an extraordinary gift for creating dishes that sing with a deceptively simple balance of flavours, textures and aromas.

An avid gardener and proponent of the Slow Food Movement, Steve works closely with local vintners and producers to ensure that only the finest products find their way onto his restaurant’s tables. Steve is compelled to travel the world annually in discovery of new ideas, inspiration and preparations.

Sommelier Nikhil Agarwal of All Things Nice on Chef Steve Litke’s dinner series: “Chef Steve blew us away with his food and presentation. We could not be happier with the way the evening went. The food and wine came together wonderfully and we got to experience flavours and combinations that were completely new. Our guests really enjoyed this unique experience and the entire team at Sofitel Mumbai BKC should be extremely proud of the outstanding job they did.”

On the occasion, Mr. Vikas Kapai, General Manager, Sofitel Mumbai BKC said, “Sofitel Mumbai BKC is known to create benchmarks of excellence in international cuisine for the Mumbaikar’s palate and it was our pleasure to welcome Michelin Star Chef Steve Litke as he curated a stellar celebration of farm fresh

Californian cuisine. Our collaboration with All Things Nice has grown over the years to present a beautiful mélange of delicate spirits, and lively gourmet. Each day at Sofitel Mumbai BKC, we are exceeding expectations in the culinary space and leveling up Mumbai’s reputation as a destination for authentic gastronomy and fine luxury.”

About All Things Nice:

All Things Nice (ATN) is a platform to introduce and educate the Indian consumer on all things nice ranging from wines, cognacs, single malts and beer to cheese, charcuterie and gourmet food. ATN works with corporates in the financial and luxury sector in their client engagement and client acquisition activities through innovative events and services. The company also offers consultancy to restaurants, hotels, retail chains and airlines and Indian and international brands in the luxury food and drink sector. Additionally, ATN is engaged with producers of wine, importers of wine & spirit and international wine & spirit brands available in India as well as Michelin and top Chefs from across the globe.

All Things Nice has been conceptualized by Nikhil Agarwal who studied wine and spirits in London, accredited with the Wine Australia scholarship and appointed as Wine Australia’s A+ Educator in India. He also holds a Diploma in Single Malt Whisky from the Edinburgh Whisky Academy. Nikhil is a certified and well recognized sommelier, writer, international wine and spirits judge and TV personality. He was one amongst five contenders worldwide (90 countries) nominated by the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London, for The Julian Brand Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Wine Industry. The ultra-luxury BlackBook magazine has listed Nikhil Agarwal as one of their TOP 100 – Indian Luxury’s Most Influential.

Nikhil has been featured on TV channels such as NDTV Profit, Times Now, Bloomberg TV and ET Now. CNBC did a feature on Nikhil as part of the show ‘Young Turks’ in 2013 and Discovery Channel featured him in the show The Flying Wine Maker. The show is currently being telecasted in 116 countries and was viewed by over 66 million people.

Nikhil was voted as India’s TOP 10 Movers & Shakers in Verve magazine in June 2014 and has been invited by trade organizations from around the world like HKTDC, SIAL to speak about the Indian wine and spirits industry in international markets. He is also adviser to ProWein in India.

About Sofitel Hotels & Resorts

Sofitel Hotels & Resorts is an ambassador of modern French style, culture and art-de-vivre around the world. Established in 1964, Sofitel is the first international luxury hotel brand to originate from France with over 120 chic and remarkable hotels in the world’s most sought-after destinations. Sofitel exudes a refined and understated sense of modern luxury, always blending a touch of French decadence with the very best of the locale. The Sofitel collection includes such notable hotels as Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg, Sofitel London St James, Sofitel Munich Bayerpost, Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Ipanema, Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour and Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort. Sofitel is part of Accor, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group that invites travelers to feel welcome in 4,800 hotels, resorts and residences, along with some 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe.