Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: NYC African Food Festival...

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.
NYC African Food Festival is drawing some of the continent's top culinary talent

Sofrito Lovers,

Mark your calendars! There's going to be an African Food Festival coming to NYC the weekend of August 13-14th in Brooklyn.  African chefs from all over the world will be there with samples of their cuisines, literature, merchandise, and other amazing goodies.

Organized by Ishmael Osekre, a native of Ghana, this festival's primiary goal is to expose NYC to the incredibly delicious and diverse cuisines of Africa.  I. AM. THERE!

According to the TastingTable article posted below, there's even going to be a Jollof rice competition to see who can prepare the best rice dish.  For those who don't know, jollof rice is a common spiced rice dish made throughout West Africa; it's like an African version of paella or rice pilaf.  Many cultural anthropologists think Jollof rice was the inspiration for Cajun jambalaya.

I'm really excited!  African cuisine is extraordinarily diverse and features flavor profiles that are out of this world.  I can't wait to go; I hope you do too!  African cuisine is often overlooked and underappreciated, more people need to taste these incredible flavors!

Check out the article below for more details!  Go and taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Out of Africa

The NYC African Food Festival is drawing some of the continent's top culinary talent
When event organizer Ishmael Osekre first started planning the upcoming African Food Festival in Brooklyn, he sought out a space in Dumbo that could hold about 500 people. It quickly became clear that that simply wouldn’t be big enough. The festival, which will take place August 13 and 14 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is expected to draw between 4,000 and 6,000 guests—in addition to some of the top culinary talent from across Africa and/or living in the African diaspora, like Senegal’s Pierre Thiam, South Africa’s Coco Reinarhz and Dieuveil Malonga, who was born in Congo but currently lives and cooks in France.

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