DHALWALA, Meeru




Born in India, raised in Amritsar and Mumbai, Vikram Vij studied hotel management in Salzburg, Austria before coming to Canada and opening his original 14-seat Vij’s restaurant in Vancouver in 1994 with his wife Meeru Dhalwala, born in India but raised in Washington, D.C.

Vij has appeared on many television shows, including CBC's Dragons' Den (about aspiring entrepreneurs pitching business ideas to venture capitalists) and regularly cooks for events including the foodie-esteemed James Beard Awards gala in New York. Meeru worked with international non-profits on human rights and international development projects before joining Vikram at Vij's Restaurant. The two received honorary doctorates from UBC and Simon Fraser University for their community work advancing Indian cuisine and promoting sustinable food practices and Indian culture.

BOOKS:

Vij’s (Douglas & McIntyre, 2006). 1-55365-184-7 : $40.00

Vij's at Home: Relax, Honey (Douglas & McIntyre, 2010). 978-1-55365-572-5 : $40.00

Vij's Indian: Our Stories, Spices and Cherished Recipes (Penguin Random House 2016) 978-0-14-319422-4 $35

[BCBW 2016] "Cookbook"