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Are You Besharam Enough? Celebrate Besharam's relaunch weekend with Chef Heena Patel and Maria Qamar(Hatecopy) at Minnesota Street Project.

With this relaunch Chef Heena is reclaiming her restaurant after a year of partnership and personifying the meaning of Besharam with a new attitude, dishes, and cocktails to show the community her creativity and technical culinary expertise.

Thursday 7/11 - Join us for an evening of delicious snacks, cocktails, panel discussion and new art at opening night of Maria’s pop-up exhibition inspired by Chef Heena.

Friday 7/12 and Saturday 7/13 - Tickets are also available for purchase for a private VIP dinner with Chef Heena and Maria Qamar in celebration of the relaunch, showcasing Chef Heena’s reinvented menu that is pushing the boundaries of traditional Indian cuisine in the Bay Area. 

Sunday 7/14 - Last day of Maria’s pop-up exhibit at Minnesota Street Project.

Besharam will be open for regular hours the entire relaunch weekend. Scroll to the bottom of the page to make reservations.

 

Our Story:

 

Chef Heena started cooking professionally late in life. She was always told her goals were too besharam, an Urdu word for shameless that is often used in South Asian culture as an insult, a label for a woman who dares to do things not considered “respectful” or “appropriate.” Chef Heena is reclaiming that word by naming her restaurant Besharam and personifying the meaning with a new attitude, dishes, and cocktails to show the community her creativity and technical culinary expertise. Grounded in traditional Gujarati food, the dishes on her new menu are meant to embody culture  and hospitality. Bold flavors served family style, with a utensil optional approach in true Gujarati fashion!

While Heena cultivated her distinct style over five years at La Cocina, a culinary incubator in San Francisco which provides resources to entrepreneurs with an emphasis on working class women and immigrant communities, her food narrates her diaspora and experiences living around the world. At La Cocina, Heena’s soulful dishes, unmistakably hers, won the hearts of Bay Area chefs and luminaries such as Traci Des Jardins of Jardiniere, and Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski of State Bird Provisions and The Progress, through collaborative pop-ups.

 

Nestled between Minnesota Street Project’s vibrant art galleries, the restaurant features an expansive mural and cheeky plateware with satirical quotes designed by HateCopy’s Maria Qamar, mirroring Heena’s bold approach to Gujarati cuisine.