POP-UP: Traditional Ghanaian Dinner with Asempe Kitchen & Kuukua Yomekpe


6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


1400 Food Lab

1400 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215


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You can hardly pick up a local newspaper, magazine, or food review without seeing the names Asempe Kitchen and Kuukua Yomekpe. Since emigrating to the U.S. from Ghana at age 18, Chef Kuukuas homestyle meals have earned a devoted following - first as a way to engage new neighbors and friends and now as a full-time Columbus-based chef, caterer, and cooking instructor. In March, Asempe Kitchen was recognized as an outstanding woman-owned business by the Ohio Secretary of State and Kuukua has been named a 2018 Tastemaker by Columbus Monthly magazine.


We invite you to join us at Chef Kuukuas table on April 27 at 1400 Food Lab for an intimate in-kitchen dining experience celebrating the traditional West African foods she grew up cooking and eating in Ghana. Sobolo, a hibiscus-ginger infused cocktail (24 hours in the making!), will be offered throughout the meal and Kuukua will share stories and anecdotes from her culture and experiences.


Kelewele ne Nkatsi
spicy fried plantains with ginger, habanero, garlic, and peanuts -- a popular Ghanaian street snack 

Yl Kaklo 
deep-fried yam balls with sardines and onions 

Asempe Paano ne Koned Beef
corned beef pate with leeks and tomatoes on Kuukuas own house made bread 

Aponkye Suya
spicy grilled bone-in goat with red onions and bell peppers 

Edua ne Prakonam 
stewed black-eye peas with pork belly and plantain fritters 

Egusi ne Egwan 
spinach and lamb stewed with melon seeds, served with saffron rice 

Ethiopian recipe adapted for Asempe Kitchen
vegetable stew with cabbage, potatoes, carrots and onions 

Gari ne Nkatsi
cassava porridge with cane sugar, milk and peanuts