AIF Brings ROOH From San Francisco to Cater Food for its Annual Boston Gala This Year

BOSTON–The American India Foundation, known as AIF, is brining ROOH, an Indian-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar from San Francisco, to cater food for its annual fundraising gala on March 31 in Boston.

Emceed by comedian Rajiv Satyal, AIF will hold its gala at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in Boston. The gala this year is co-chaired by Kunjan Anjaria & Vikram Mahidhar and Asha & Kim Shah. The theme for the 2018 gala is “Connect: Connect with a cause, Connect with ideas, Connect with the community.”

Opening its doors last February in the heart of the SoMa district in San Francisco Bay Area, ROOH has received praise for its authentic and modern interpretation of Indian cuisine. Executive Chef Sujan Sarkar’s cuisine is a culmination of his culinary experiences, transforming California produce and regional Indian flavors with modern gastronomic technique.

Rooh: Inside look at Rooh (Photo: Rooh)

ROOH’s unique menu includes dishes such as the Potato Tikki with kale and spinach tempura, sweet and sour yogurt mousse with raspberry; Butter Chicken Pave with red pepper makhani, fenugreek, and butter powder; and Tandoori Seasonal Mushrooms with polenta-umps, parmesan cream, and truffle. Each flavor at ROOH is inspired by Sarkar’s personal connection and love of Indian cuisine.

New England leadership of AIF includes: Raj & Nalini Sharma, Venkat & Pratima Srinivasan, Drs. Brian & Sunita Pereiira, Vivek & Vandana Sharma, and Santhana & Namita Krishnan. Members of AIF’s New England Council of Governors are: Andy Gupta, Farida Kathawalla, Nimit Nathwani, Sangita Thakore, Srini Ambati, Nirmala Garimella and Vikram Mahidhar.

Founded in 2001, AIF is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. AIF’s programs emphasize inclusive models that focus on the unique needs of girls and women to achieve gender equity as a basis for sustainable change.

AIF was formed at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee. AIF has impacted the lives of 3.1 million of India’s poor by providing access to high-quality education, formal sector employment for urban youth and rickshaw drivers, and public health services to protect the health of mothers and their children, while building the next generation of global leaders through service. With offices in New York and California, eleven chapters across the U.S., and India operations centered in New Delhi, AIF is transforming lives across 23 states of India while addressing these issues on a regional, country, and international scale. President Bill Clinton serves as Honorary Chair and former Ambassador to India Frank Wisner chairs the Advisory Council. Learn more at

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