Wine & Dine
Text by Joanna Lobo
Last month, for my sister-in-law’s birthday, I had wanted to send her something special as a gift. I was focused on satiating her sweet tooth, and it took me two whole days to sift through menus of Goan home bakers and finalise my order.
It was a problem of abundance that I hadn’t anticipated, but wholeheartedly welcomed.
A positive outcome of the lockdown in Goa has been the rise of a new kind of small business: home chefs. In the months since April, people across the state have opened up their kitchens to strangers, offering a taste of their homes.
While the concept is not new to big cities like Mumbai and Delhi, I can count on my fingers the number of times my family in Goa has ordered food from a home chef. They prefer doing takeaways from restaurants or street food vendors. In fact, most of the Goans I know…