MONC ER has been fortunate to acquire some tasty desserts from Madeleine Bakery and Cafe for its Benefit Gala and Concert that will be taking place this Thursday February 23 at the Kosciuszko Foundation starting at 7pm. (Contact email@example.com if you are interested in purchasing tickets to attend.)
Madeleine is a new, privately owned upstart that is based in Rutherford, NJ, run by Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) graduate Zueen Bhosle. The Bakery and Cafe is located across from the Rutherford Train Station serving typical items such as eggs on a roll, bagels, scones for breakfast, and hearty soup, salad and made to order sandwiches for lunch, and plenty of pastries and fresh Illy coffee all day long. On weekends, they serve a special menu of sweet and savory crepes, French toast and pancakes. Madeleine Bakery and Café offers catering and private party services, and serves only products that are made with natural and high quality ingredients. Please contact Zueen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (201) 933 2301 to inquire about your special event.
Scheduled to be on the menu for Thursday are red velvet cupcakes and orange madeleine cookies which will compliment the chocolates beautifully.
Opera Idols took the opportunity to ask Zueen, who is originally from Bombay (Mumbai), India, about Opera. As Zueen is a connection through one of the committee members, she is not tied too closely to Opera outside of this gala event. The Indian music scene is dominated by the Bollywood movement, and pop music is so pervasive, I got the impression that the Operatic art form is not very popular these days.
Further investigation into Indian opera reveals that the Royal Opera House, built in 1912-1915 (before Independence), was the last surviving opera house, but was largely used as a glorified cinema house and fashion show venue until it was closed down in the 1980's. Happily, as of 2008, Wikipedia reports that the Maharashtra Government agencies declared to restore the abandoned, dilapidated building as a heritage site. As of today, the restoration is still under way and being reviewed by the World Monuments Fund website here.
Whilst there is very much a classical music tradition in India, it is not a national expression. As Zueen explained, India is made up of so many religions, tribes and dialects, that music tradition varies form each culture that co-exists in this multifaceted country.