The Ananda Story
A simple lunch leads to the perfect partnership.
What happens when a world-class caterer and a renowned Indian chef meet for lunch? The perfect pairing: a masterful melange of authentic, innovative Indian cuisine and meticulous event planning expertise. Introducing Ananda, by chef and restaurateur Sanjiv Dhar and Russell Morin of Russell Morin Catering + Events. Ananda has all the right ingredients to create Indian weddings that are magical and memorable.
The Perfect Partnership
Russell Morin is a graduate of Cornell University and the Culinary Institute of America. Morin’s precise attention to detail and genuine passion for his work are the driving force behind the success of Russell Morin Catering & Events. His name is now synonymous with the best wedding caterer to have in Southern New England. In fact, Russell Morin Catering & Events is a preferred caterer at the Newport Mansions, is the exclusive caterer for numerous venues in New England, has been named Caterer of the Year by numerous associations, and boasts many awards, including The Knot Best Picks, Grace Ormonde Platinum List Member, and WeddingWire Brides’ Choice Award.
Chef Sanjiv Dhar
Chef Dhar grew up in New Delhi, India, and has been a force in the hospitality industry for nearly 25 years. He trained in Austria, India, and the United States, and worked in various hotels before settling in Providence. He is the owner of three well-known, award-winning Indian restaurants in Rhode Island, including Rasoi, Kabob & Curry, and the newest edition, Rasa. Rasoi was chosen again in 2014 as the Best Indian Restaurant by the Providence Phoenix. In addition to being a talented chef, Chef Dhar is a speaker, instructor, author, and television cooking show host.
Fresh and fragrant. Mouthwatering and memorable.
Inspired by the aromatic flavors of India’s many culinary regions, Ananda’s Chef Sanjiv Dhar creates dishes that are both authentic and inventive. Delight your wedding guests with a spicy chicken xacuti with a delicate hint of coriander or fresh shrimp simmering in a curry-spiked coconut sauce or a vegan biryani bowl brimming with sweet-smelling herbs. Whatever the menu, our team will work closely with you to make sure it is one that expresses your tastes and pleases your guests. Fresh and fragrant. Mouthwatering and memorable. Ananda’s cuisine makes for an unforgettable celebratory wedding feast.
Our Exclusive Venues
From Newport’s gilded-age mansions to enchanting vineyards to historic architectural gems, Russell Morin Catering & Events has long-standing relationships with a wide range of breathtaking venues. Our decades of experience have earned us the title of exclusive caterer at some of the finest venues in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Take a moment to browse through some of the most magnificent places in New England to celebrate your vows.