From turntables to dishing out food, DJ Savyo’s new venture for his team


WhatsApp messages notify the 700-odd individuals on the contacts listing of DJ Savyo Mendez’s cellphone concerning the specials for the next day. Those can place orders and the meals — ready by eight members of his gentle and sound team, and supervised by Savyo and his spouse, Melna — can be delivered within the chosen time slot. Deliveries are dealt with by a six-member team.

“With social distancing protocols in place and restriction on gatherings, event management companies are also among the worst hit. I have employees — light and sound guys — who have been with me for years, I cannot sack them. Eight to 10 families are dependent on me. One of the boys worked in a hotel kitchen. We thought we could give it a shot and here we are,” says Savyo, of the new venture he began on April 2.The lockdown has not stopped him from spinning, in May he additionally carried out digital DJ live performance.

One of Kochi’s first and standard DJs, he runs an occasion administration firm within the metropolis. On his team are individuals from totally different elements of Kerala, and every merchandise on the naadan food-exclusive menu is a particular of a few of these locations. “For occasion kappa biryani, a mixture of tapioca and beef, is a specialty of Thodupuzha. We have a man from there so there it’s,” he says. The menu is totally different every day. Some of the opposite dishes on the menu embody kothu parotta, egg roast, biryani, idiyappam, appam, parotta-beef, and prawn fry.

Team work

The complete team chips in with the work — peeling, chopping, slicing and cooking. The resolution to stick to naadan meals is due to the team’s familiarity with the dishes. Savyo has readied a separate kitchen behind his home in Kakkanad for the work. “My wife, who is a good cook, supervises the work. We have hired a cook from Mattancherry as well,” he says.

Food is ready based mostly on orders in order that there isn’t any wastage. “But of course the aim is to get the maximum number of orders and at reasonable prices,” he says. Some of his contacts share particulars with their associates and the orders begin coming in. The menu can also be posted on the Instagram deal with @melnastastebuds. “This way, each person makes around ₹300 daily, including what one gets from the delivery charges. We didn’t want to use any of the delivery platforms as we would have to give a percentage of the total to them as well. At a time when there are no jobs due to the restrictions, even ₹10-20 makes a difference. Most of their families depend on these guys and in such a situation, no amount of money is small. We need to adapt. There is always work, you just need to be prepared to get down and do it,” Savyo provides.

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