Mango, Okra, and Coconut in Adya’s Class of 2016

Chef Shachi Mehra demystifies Melissa’s picked-to-trend produce at her Anaheim Packing House restaurant

Melissa’s, the Vernon-based fruit and vegetable powerhouse, says that as 2016 rolls on there are some produce items we should expect to see a lot more of, including mangoes, okra, turmeric root, and young coconuts. (Melissa’s owners, Joe and Sharon Hernandez, are Huntington Beach residents—the company is named for their daughter.)

Perhaps you detect a subcontinental thread running through these ready-for-their-closeup ingredients. Wouldn’t it be useful to have an expert’s guidance in how best to use them? Shachi Mehra, chef-owner of Adya in the Anaheim Packing House, for example. And so: In her next cooking class, Saturday, Jan. 23, Mehra will feature the picked-to-trend produce with an eye to light and healthful. Held on the boxcar patio attached to Adya, the class is just $30 per person, a stone bargain—especially considering that in addition to the lesson, lunch is included, as well as a craft beer, glass of wine, fresh lime soda, lassi, or chai. Call 714-533-2392 to reserve a spot.

But cooking classes and running her popular Packing House modern Indian bistro aren’t the only things Mehra has on her plate—she has a second restaurant in the works. I’m told it’ll be outside of Anaheim, but the exact location remains undisclosed for now.


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