Now in its third installation after its sold-out debuts in Toronto(2012) and Paris(2013) , Palattes of Africa is a unique food meets art event spearheaded by fashion designer, curator and food lover, Chinedu Ukabam in collaboration with a rotating cast of burgeoning young chefs and artists. Palattes is presented in the form of a pop-up restaurant and explores West African cuisine by showcasing traditional African dishes as well as original “Afro-fusion” takes on the familiar (think Jollof Rice “Sushi” rolls stuffed with jerked catfish). Equal parts history and culinary art, Palattes aims to delight the senses while engaging the intellect. The proliferation of international cuisine in cosmopolitan cities means that the average food enthusiast has at least a passing familiarity with everything from Korean and Caribbean to Mediterranean and Latin American. However with only a smattering of restaurants scattered outside the core, West African cuisine still remains the final food frontier in Toronto. There are a few deliciously original “discoveries” still left to be made in food and a good number of them are to be found in the cuisine of West Africa, as rich in flavor and texture as it is in symbolism.
The third installment in the Palattes series intends to build on the same elements that made the first two successful, whilst honing in on the thematic focus of the event. Neatly dovetailing with the world cup fever thats taking over the city for the next month, Palattes will celebrate the West African roots of Brazilian cuisine and the Brazilian origins of West African food! Presented in the form of a brunch, the menu developed in collaboration with up and coming chef Lohi Ogolo, will contain elements of a Brazillian breakfast, street food from Ghana and drinks from Senegal. The event will also feature the artwork and contribution of Komi Olaf as well as a SUPAFRIK pop-up shop that will allows visitors to purchase items from the online shop. Seating is with advance tickets only which can be purchased from palattesofafrica.eventbrite.ca
Date: Sunday June 29th Time: 12noon to 3pm Venue: 952 Queen St West, Toronto (Enter through MOCCA courtyard)
Posted in Food, Shop, SUPAFRIK
Tagged african art, African cuisine, african food, afrofusion, brazilian brunch, brazilian food, Chinedu Ukabam, culinary arts, komi olaf, lohi, lohis creations, nigerian food, Palattes, Palattes of Africa, palettes of africa, SUPAFRIK, toronto art, west african food
A B C D E F G H-Street, DC!
It’s been very quiet on the blog front because we’ve been busy. Now we’re ready to announce what we’ve been working on:
SUPAFRIK is going international!
And the first stop is: H-Street, Washington DC | October 18 – 21
Spread the word to your friends in the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia) area and beyond. Please pass this on to them and invite them to join the SUPAFRIK group on facebook so that they can stay tuned in to the movement. Stay tuned to this blog and facebook group for more updates about SUPAFRIK #4, learn about the new artists and designers that we are featuring as well as the exciting programming that we have lined up for the four day pop-up. We’re pulling out all the stops for the DC stop!
p.s. We are also taking suggestions for places to eat, boutiques to check out and things to do in the area. Hit us up in the comments!
Elle Magazine listed SUPAFRIK as top 5 fashionable events for the weekend
NOW Magazine‘s Andrew Sardone listed SUPAFRIK as one of the “can’t miss debuts” in his style notes/store of the week column
The Grid featured SUPAFRIK in two different sections for party and fashion event of the week!
Blogto.com‘s Paul Agguire mentions SUPAFRIK in “This Week in Fashion”second only to the Joe Fresh store opening
Torontolife‘s highly coveted The Hype lists SUPAFRIK launch event on their“Todolist” along with Festival of India and the Taylor Swift concert
Metromorning on CBC Radio also name checked the SUPAFRIK launch as one of the top events to check for this weekend.
The Torontoist compiles a list of must-see events every weekend in a section called The Urban Planner . SUPAFRIK made the cut!
Posted in Art, Event, Fashion, Food, Shop, SUPAFRIK
Tagged African pop-up, DC, H-Street, international, pop-up gallery, Pop-up Restaurant, pop-up shop, SUPAFRIK 4, Washington DC
Calling all (food) lovers of “other”!
At 7:30pm, this Thursday at SUPAFRIK, (627 Queen St W, Toronto) join us for a menu sampling of familiar fare and a few delightful surprises. If you’ve never had African food, it’s a great opportunity to sample what the continent has to offer. If you are already familiar with some African cuisine, you will be intrigued(perhaps even amused) to see how we have remixed and re-imagined some traditional staples.
The $40 Prix Fixe menu includes a three course sampling and two glasses of wine (red/white). The SUPAFRIK gallery will be open for your viewing pleasure throughout the evening.
Sorry we can’t reveal the menu until Thursday but we promise the suspense will be worth it!
See you there!
p.s. Advance tickets only. Limit of four per customer.
Purchase tickets online here on Wednesday and Thursday: http://palattes.eventbrite.ca/
Q: Is this a “stand up and wait around for the servers to come around to you” type of affair?
A: No. It’s a family affair! You will be seated on a dining table with 6 – 8 other people.
Q: I am vegetarian. Is there anything for me on the menu?
A: Yes. There are vegetarian items on the menu.
Q: What happens if I want more than two glasses of wine or I’d rather have a beer or something else?
A: No problem. You can get whatever you want from the bar at an additional cost.