We partner with some incredible local talents for our classes and some of our retail selections. In our ongoing Extended Family series, we want to showcase their work and provide a glimpse inside their personal story.
We absolutely love Jillu’s chai tea and always have a selection of flavors at our front desk.
Let’s start out with the basics, where are you from and what do you do?
I’m originally from Mumbai, India and I am a textile designer by profession, but now am a proud owner of a chai company, Jaipur Avenue.
What do you love about your job/business?
I love the creative part of the business – working with the branding, packaging and playing around with new recipes or modifying the older ones. Also I enjoy meeting new people and sharing stories.
How long have you been in business?
My company was launched in Fall 2010.
How did your business evolve since its beginning?
It’s been quite an adventurous journey since 2010. We started off selling our chai at a few gourmet stores in Seattle, but are now selling several stores not only in Seattle, but also the Bay area and New York city. Our chai is also served at corporate offices like Google as well as other venues like the SIFF Theater in Uptown Queen Anne. We are also selling our chai in Japan. We’ve recently launched a dairy-free version of the chai, which is served at several cafes.
What cookbook do you reference most often (in general or just lately)?
I love referring to my vintage collection of cookbooks from an Indian author – Tarla Dalal, who specializes in vegetarian cuisine. She introduced India to cuisines from all over the world during the time when traveling outside India was not very common.
If you could take any cooking class, what would it be?
That would be extremely hard to decide, as I love to cook. Any class that would teach me to cook vegetarian food.