It’s New York African Restaurant Week!


ImageImageImageImageLittle old me had the pleasure of being invited along as press to the Edible Bazaar Benefit,  the launch party for NY African Restaurant Week (#NYARW)! I knew I was in the right place when I opened the doors of Suite 36 only to be greeted with the most enticing aromas and music I’d experienced in awhile. Then there was the fashion! The textiles, patterns and bright colors were such a sight for sore eyes after such a hard, gray Winter, my friends! Upon entering I ran into Yolanda Sangweni, Entertainment Editor for Essence  Magazine and author of the AfriPop online magazine.  More on our conversation later but of note, she was one of 2 MC’s for the night. 

The Edible Bazaar Benefit was the kick-off event for the 2nd annual NYARW which is held in both Spring and Fall. In the spirit of community support, ticket sales benefited Keep A Child Alive and the Alliance of Hope for Lupus and the party was sponsored by Edible Communities, locally known for Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan magazines. While our palates were enticed with South African and West African flavors offered by restaurants Madiba and Accra respectively our ears were treated to the soulful sounds of Congolese songstress Rafiya. The owners of these restaurants also received awards for their positive impact in the African and African diaspora community.  

According to the NYARW website

“Most restaurants will be offering 3 course Prix Fixe meals at various prices (most restaurants offering at 28.95) visit to buy tickets. Some restaurants will be offering the full menu at a 10% discount to all African Restaurant Week dinners” 

Is Soul food Slave Food? ( Soul Food Junkie)


This is such a beautiful post on the NPR Blog that I had to share because I know many of us grew up eating these foods and consider them comforting. It begins with the question:

“If you are what you eat, if you change what you eat are you then changing who you are?”

It was written in response to the documentary ” Soul Food Junkies” which premiered tonight Monday (1/14/2013) on PBS. Learning ( or being reminded) that the origins of soul food is rooted in slavery when meals were created with what slaves had access to : cheap food made up of left over foods and meat parts was enlightening. Back then slaves needed the many calories those meals provided and the women that prepared them went on in time to create meals for demonstrators during the civil rights. How times of necessity have changed!..yet many of us are still eating this way.Image