About Our Auction
Dharavi is one of the world’s largest slums, located in Mumbai India. Over 1 million people live in 1 square mile. Families live in homes made of tarps and sheet metal, without running water or plumbing. There is little space for children to study, play, or come together with their community.
Dharavi Diary is a community center located in the heart of Dharavi. The center provides tutors, access to books & computers, and a vibrant community space that promotes learning and opportunities. It has become a safe haven for generations of young people.
This holiday season, Chai Pani Restaurant Group has pledged to raise $40,000 to support the students at Dharavi Diary. These funds will support a full year of learning & tutoring programs, rent for two community centers, and health & hygiene programs for hundreds of students.
About Chai Pani Restaurant Group
It all began with a little chaat house in downtown Asheville, NC. In 2009, at the bottom of the great recession, Meherwan and Molly Irani quit their day jobs to open their first restaurant, an Indian street food joint called Chai Pani that was funded by family and friends. On opening day, Chai Pani ran out of food. In 2022, it was named the most Outstanding Restaurant in America.
With Chai Pani, the Iranis introduced the American South to the colors, flavors, and soul of India. Totally obsessed with the deliciousness and interactive experience of Indian street food — India’s most democratic, egalitarian, affordable and pan-Indian cuisine — Meherwan wanted to recreate that in his own approachable way. He and his team believe that Indian food is so much more diverse, interesting, unexpected, and personal than a handful of regional cuisines that have been popularized in the U.S. so far.
Guests quickly craved the stereotype-shattering food, the kale pakoras and sloppy jais, the drinks and hot chai, and the warm service at Chai Pani. This first-of-its-kind establishment has been recognized as sparking a revolution and changing the perception of Indian food in America.
Meherwan and Molly now lead a team of more than 300 across their growing restaurant and spice empire in the South’s most essential culinary cities: Asheville, Atlanta and Charlotte.
2 Night Stay & Dinner for 2 at The Flatiron Hotel
Be One of the First Guests to Check in at Asheville's Historic, Restored Flatiron Building
A Taste of Spain with Cúrate & La Bodega
$125 La Bodega gift card, signed copy of Cúrate cookbook, and Cúrate tote
Brown in the South... in YOUR home for six!
Super exclusive dinner by Meherwan Irani, Maneet Chauhan, Cheetie Kumar, and Vishwesh Bhatt
Chef's Tasting at Neng Jr.'s and Stay at Wrong Way
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Chef's Tasting for Four at Tall John's
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Chef's Table for 8 by Executive Chef Nick Barr
Create Your Own Ice Cream Flavor with The Hop
A Tasting and Brainstorm Session for Six Guests, with a Half-Gallon of Your Flavor
Dinner for Four at Dhamaka
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Virtual Baking Class for 4 with Alyse Baca
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