Easter Celebration with children of Hope Foundation at Park Plaza

By: Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

March 18, 2016


Easter Cake Mixing


Easter is one of those occasions where family and companions all meet up to celebrate, reconnect, and have a ton of fun. Whenever planning for your Easter celebration, the element of fun should be the prime concern. We are all lucky enough to celebrate Easter every year with our friends and family. But what about the destitute, the thousands of lesser privileged children who doesn’t even know what Easter is? Park Plaza, Ballygunge, Kolkata arranged for an Easter Celebration with the lesser privileged children of Kolkata this year on 18th March, 2016. Here’s how the day passed.




Easter celebration with the children of Hope Foundation


The Easter Celebration event was organized by Hope Foundation at Park Plaza, Ballygunge, Kolkata. Hope Kolkata Foundation or HKF is a non-profit organization founded in February 1999 in Kolkata. They mainly deal with slum and street children of Kolkata and pledges for their protection and overall development.




Hope Kolkata Foundation and Park Plaza went hand in hand to celebrate Easter to bring a lasting change in the life of these un-privileged children. Near about 20 children coming from the marginalized classes of the society participated in this gala event. The main motto of the event was to gift the children a day filled with joy and happiness. It also aimed at encouraging the parents of such children to participate more in such programs every year.




Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Avneesh K. Mathur, General Manager, Park Plaza, Kolkata, Ballygunge said, “It gives me immense pleasure and joy to enjoy the festive occasion of Easter with the children of Hope Foundation. With our encouragement the kids can participate in such activities and be involved with the society. Easter is all about the good overshadowing and winning over the evil. It is a perfect way to bring hope in their lives so that they can outshine all negativity, work hard and achieve fruitful results.”


Events of the day


The Easter celebration event with 20 children from Hope Foundation commenced from 3PM at the Victoria I and II Banquets in the Park Plaza, a property of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group at Ballygunge. The place was well decorated with traditional Easter symbols like Easter lilies, Easter bunnies and Easter chicks. Easter eggs were also there to offer the invitees as a gift. Ample space and sitting arrangements were there to make sure that everyone is comfortable.




The band Cactus played some great foot tapping music for the children, interacted with them and created a fun environment for the kids. The children sang and danced with the hymns of guitar played by the band members and enjoyed mouth watering savories and Easter goodies provided to them by the Park Plaza, Kolkata, Ballygunge team.


Cake mixing ceremony




The main attraction of the day was the cake mixing event. The day started with this very event and all the 20 children were over enthusiastic to take part in the cake mixing ceremony. The tasty cakes were then offered to them and their eyes glittered with joy as they tasted them.




High Tea and Music




The cake mixing ceremony followed with the high tea. All the 20 children were offered some healthy yet mouthwatering snacks and drinks. The entire program was conducted in the esteemed presence of the first ever Bangle rock band Cactus. The General Manager of Park Plaza, Mr. Avneesh K. Mathur was present throughout the program to address the media.


Foodies Pick


Eating with group of kids can be as tiring as it is enjoyable, but fret not, Park Plaza management take care of everything ahead! From photo booth to games, songs, music and colourful Easter cakes to keep little ones engaged — while elders can relax with an ice cold drink or a cup of hot coffee / tea.




Escaping the mains I had two desserts, Blueberry Cheese Cake and Easter Special Carrot Cake.


What you really need to get in on was this gorgeous Blueberry Cheese Cake — imagine soft cheese that reminds you of cream cheese, held together by a lovely graham cracker crumbs that yields instantly to your teeth. It’s slightly savoury thanks to the malted Cheese, and was a lovely twist to the sweet vanilla cream and blueberry we’ve come to expect of a Blueberry Cheese Cake.




Find the perfect ending to this Easter feast with these light and fresh springtime Easter Carrot Cake. As for the Easter cakes, the Easter Carrot Cake is well-loved, and rightly so, this tender cake packed with grated carrot, juicy pineapple, flaked coconut, and chopped pecans, baked perfectly until the ingredients are ultra tender and the Easter Carrot Cake was beyond flavourful.


Finally I had a cup of coffee to reboot my pallet, the coffee had nice flavor and perfectly warm for my tongue.


Other attractions




A photo booth was also arranged and the children went absolutely crazy capturing pictures and making memories. Numerous pictures were also taken by the Park Plaza authority and Cactus posing with the children. Gifts were exchanged and this amazing event came to an end with broad smiles on everyone’s face. Everyone pledged to come together once again in the next year and in all the coming years.


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About Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word ‘foodie’ and prefers, instead, the expression ‘food devotee’. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

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1915940_101100699948573_1759232_nRajdeep Bhattacharjee wears many feathers in his cap. A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – Rajdeep, once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word 'foodie' and prefers, instead, the expression 'food devotee'. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

He is the founder of Gourmets Travel Guide, a website devoted completely to food and travel. Rajdeep is an avid blogger and one can find many of his sojourns aptly expressed on the website www.gourmetstravelguide.com.

Rajdeep had been recently chosen by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to board the inaugural flight from Kolkata to Bangkok (TG – 336) and received accolades for wonderfully recounting the experience, from start to finish, in his blog. In fact, his travelogue was featured in Hangla Hneshel, one of India's foremost Bengali magazine dedicated completely to food and travel. Rajdeep doesn't stop there! One of his undersea walks also got featured in The Telegraph, one of India's leading dailies. He is also one of the chief curators and a selector for chefs and restaurants for Channel One's Resto Ranna episodes.

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Rajdeep loves eating out at different restaurants. A true blue Bengali at heart and gut, experimenting with food and palates come naturally to him. And he doesn't mind leaving an endearing word or two for chefs who have displayed their talents on the plate and the restaurant management for the inviting ambiance of an eatery.

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He has been blogging for the last three years. When he is not writing on food and travel or working as a Government employee, you can most certainly catch him with a camera slung around his neck and travel gear ready to satisfy his inner wanderlust.