We’re excited to be collaborating with the ROM‘s Kitchen Conversation series for our next Palattes Of Africa pop-up restaurant featuring Chef Pierre Thiam this Friday! Tickets are already sold out! More on what we have in store in a future post…But first a little trip down memory lane to last summer when we had a Brazilian Brunch in the midst of the world cup fever.
Our featured chef was Nigerian food blogger and epicurean extraordinaire Lohi who presented a menu that incorporated elements of a Brazilian breakfast, street food from Ghana and drinks from Senegal. We had #tamarind – tinged champagne, ginger-flavored bissap, sorrel, abacha and kale salad and stuffed plantains with suya-seasoned chicken. The biggest hit though was the crunchy Akara balls served with a delicious tomato sauce (Nigerian “stew”) followed by the sweet#tapioca pudding with mango and roasted peanuts.
Visual artist Komi Olaf lent us his Afro-futuristic artwork to transform the Edward Day Gallery and also surprised us with an impromptu spoken word performance. A mini supafrik pop-up was also open for shopping and all attendants received a property of africa tote bag containing complementary gifts from our sponsors #senseappeal coffee roasters and Mike and Mike’s organic food wholesalers.
This third installation of Palattes Of Africa was featured as the pop-up of the week in Toronto Life and received rave reviews from #GlobeandMail ’s Lucy Waverman, staff from#MonocleMagazine and Toronto food bloggers. All in all it was a great success! How in the world can we top that? See you on Friday!
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Team for Palattes 3
Concept and Branding: Chinedu Ukabam
Sponsorships and Outreach: Angelina Williams
Featured Chef: Lohi Ogolo
Featured Artist: Komi Olaf
Photography: Justin Morris
Chef Assistant: Rufaro
Event Planning Assistant: Aryanne Browne
Special shout out to Douglas Stewart and Imara Ajani-Rolston for their assistance as well. Thanks to our sponsors Mike and Mike’s organic food wholesalers and Sense Appeal Coffee Roasters.
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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.
It’s almost been six months since the last one and 1 year since the inaugural SUPAFRIK. Now it’s time for the third. We have been travelling the digital and analog world in the time in-between and can’t wait to share with you the unique artists, artisans and designers that we have discovered. Last summer, we set up shop in the Kensington Market, this time around we take the SUPAFRIK concept to the heart of Toronto’s fashion district on Queen West. As usual, we will be showcasing art, fashion, homeware etc created in Africa or with an African inspiration. A big launch party(Saturday July 21st) is in the works as well as some other surprises over the course of the two weeks. For now just stay tuned to this blog and clear your calendars!
The 2012 Summer Edition of SUPAFRIK takes place from July 20th to August 4th at 627 Queen Street West and is co-presented by Chinedesign and Norman Felix Gallery.