Garland’s chef made the meal of a lifetime at the Beard House. Now she’s cooking it in Raleigh.

Cheetie Kumar, owner of Garland restaurant in downtown Raleigh.Juli Leonard

Encores are a part of Cheetie Kumar’s life as a member of Raleigh band Birds of Avalon. In the case of the upcoming multi-course meal at her Garland restaurant, they’re a part of her chef life, too.

In September, Kumar cooked in one of the country’s most famous kitchens, the James Beard House in New York. Her one-night only menu helped tell the story of her global journey, around the feelings of home and memory. Kumar was born in Chandigrah, India, grew up in the Bronx and has been in Raleigh for three decades.

Kumar, a two-time James Beard Award semifinalist, is bringing that special menu back to Raleigh for an encore dinner Monday, Nov. 12. Seats are $150 and include cocktails.

Like the nightly offerings at Garland, the menu moves through the flavors of Northern India using the products of North Carolina. Kumar said she was offered a chance to cook at the Beard House in March. She asked for a date late in the summer, when the state’s bounty peaks.

“It’s such a cool time here, I wanted to take advantage of everything still at its best, tomatoes and okra still around,” Kumar said in an interview. “I wanted to showcase the South through my perspective, using these amazing things we have in this state, blending what happens in North Carolina with the flavors of Northern India.”

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