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vermilion hosts a spectrum of events
book launches galore
james beard dinners in nyc
a fashion photography evening
a fashion show
bollywood evenings, food and dancing
holi & diwali in full regalia
“herb & spice” christmas & thanksgiving
cinco de mayo, carnivale and latin fiestas
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events past + future
reservations + contact us about + accolades gift certificates

founding & chairing the James Beard Foundation Women's Leadership Program (2011-2021)

WICL James Beard Vermilion Women's Leadership
Women in Culinary Leadership (WCL)
Women's Entrepreneur Leadership (WEL)
Owning It

Cocktails, Panel & Dinner with Gail Simmons, Dana Cowin, Kristen Kish,
Michael White, Susan Ungaro & Rohini Deye

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James Beard Foundation & Vermilion partner on
Chefs for Women

Support the Women in Culinary scholarship. Starting October 1st

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Vermilion founder Rohini's ongoing "From the Gut"
Sun Times celebrity page on restaurants
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dosa taco bar, mix & match
an array of fillings (potato, chorizo, anchovy, avocado, beef, more) chutney & salsas
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latin cocktails with a twist
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Rohini participates in Indiaspora
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Vermilion Tasting menus:
Seared (meats), Deep (seafood), Green (vegetarian) & Omnivore - 10 element extravaganzas

"latin express lunch"
three course lunch prix fixe $ 24
inspired & innovated weekly


p a s t e v e n t s

  Farrokh Chothia fashion photography evening
with The Art Institute of Chicago
  We celebrated our first anniversary by introducing Chicago to India’s leading fashion photographer. Farrokh’s enormous, vivid and sensual images of Indian women adorn the walls of Vermilion and complement the bold femininity of our concept. Farrokh unveiled his never before seen personal art collection - over 60 vivid, enormous and yet intimate portraits of beautiful women in a redefinition of Indian femininity. For more on Farrokh visit



  Vermilion James Beard Foundation dinners, New York City  
  Vermilion is delighted to have been invited to host three dinners at the James Beard House in support of the Foundation. Vermilion has also pioneered celebrating the Indian festivals of Diwali and Holi at the James Beard House and set a tradition for the House.

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  Salman Rushdie dines at Vermilion  


  Fashion show with Cultural Center of Chicago - One Exotic Evening  
  Vermilion and The Chicago Office of Tourism hosted One Exotic Evening – an exclusive pairing of food and high fashion. This event was presented in collaboration with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Chicago project, a yearlong celebration that explores the artistic traditions and cross-cultural connections that unite in Chicago. Guests enjoyed fashion and the exotic Indian-Latin flavors at Vermilion, including tapas and herb and spice cocktails. A fashion show showcasing the creations of leading Chicago designers (including the Indian fashions of Payal Sinha, jewelry by Cheena Chandra, handbags by Brazilian designer Diego Rochas) took place throughout the event.

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  Madhur Jaffrey Panel with AIF – Indian food in the US  

Vermilion and the America India Foundation (AIF) hosted Madhur Jaffrey, James Beard award-winning author and Bollywood and Broadway actress, for a special luncheon in conjunction with her latest book (Climbing the Mango Trees) and a celebration of Indian cuisine in the U.S. The event included a panel discussion - Owner Rohini Dey and Author Madhur Jaffrey discussed “Bringing Indian Cuisine to the U.S.: Two Perspectives,” folloed by a book reading and a three-course luncheon.



  Suketu Mehta book launch at Vermilion
(Pullitzer finalist author)
  Vermilion was delighted to introduce accomplished author Suketu Mehta to Chicago and host his book launch, in collaboration with Mayor Daley’s CSCIP, Delhi Committee.

Raised in Bombay and based in New York, Mehta’s work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Granta, Time, and Harper’s Magazine, among others. MAXIMUM CITY offers an intimate look at what many consider the city of the future, Bombay: an alluringly chaotic place that’s bursting at the seams and at the crazy mix of contradictions and possibilities that draws millions to Bombay. It has received praise from writers such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Amitav Ghosh, and Salman Rushdie, who says "It's the best book written about that great, ruined metropolis... and it deserves to be very widely read." for more on the author visit


  Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni book reading & dinner  
  Vermilion and Desilit hosted acclaimed author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni for an evening of food, drink and conversation. Chitra is an award-winning author and poet and her writing centers around the immigrant experience, an important theme in today’s world. Her novel The Mistress of Spices has been turned into a movie (by Gurinder Chadha, producer of Bend it Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice), her book Arranged Marriage a collection of short stories won the American Book Award and the Pen award for fiction



  Bollywood and Bombay foods: Take 1 through 6, Bollywood festival at Vermilion  
  It’s in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, it’s a National Geographic special report, it’s on Broadway, it’s running in mainstream American theater, it’s on Letterman and the Oprah Show! Bollywood, or the Indian equivocal for Hollywood
(the Bombay film industry), is creeping into multiple facets of American culture, filtering into everyday vocabulary, transcending global appeal.
Melodramatic, full of song, fantasy ridden, heavily emotional and heroic, Bollywood movies are a vivid celebration of life. Many say food and flavors are ones last tie to a home culture, Indians may argue Bollywood movies form our lasting link to our country.  

Vermilion delighted in celebrating and meshing our foods and our pop culture with 6 fabulous events over the course of 6 months in 2005.

Take 1 through 6. Lights, camera, action………


  some of the Vermilion annual traditions  

Weeklong Festival of Lights celebration with traditional foods, décor, drinks and dancing

Weeklong festival of color with traditional foods, décor, drinks and dancing


Herb & Spice Thanksgiving
Lauded for our “unabashed innovation” by Bon Appetit and always a sellout

Herb & Spice Christmas

Aphrodisiac in Lush Red - Valentines Dinner

Decadence – New Year’s Eve celebration