“Chop Bar” is a local West African phrase for makeshift small restaurants where people gather over food, music and positive vibes. This encapsulates Dine Diaspora's pop-up food experience where attendees will enjoy a tasting menu prepared by Chef Jerome Grant, Executive Chef of Sweet Home Cafe and recently nominated for 2017 James Beard Best New Restaurant Award. Come enjoy Chef Grant's tasty menu, drink a bit, dance a lot and have a great time!
featuring: cHEF jerome grANT
Executive Chef - Sweet Home Cafe, NMAAHC
A Prince George’s County native and graduate of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh, Pa., Chef Grant began his culinary career at a young age, working with his mother at Andrews Air Force Base Officer's Club. His skills were further sharpened in the Virgin Islands where he was awarded "Best New Chef in St. Croix." After returning to Washington, DC, Chef Grant was tapped as executive chef at the Mitsitam Native Foods Café at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. He was a critical part of the culinary team at the Mitsitam Café that won the 2012 RAMMY for Best Casual Restaurant. His new restaurant, Sweet Home Cafe, housed in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, was nominated for the 2017 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant.
boiled peanut + benne seed hummus, chicken fat fried black eyed peas, caramelized onion + collard dip
Coconut Yogurt Parfait
curry chickpea + puffed rice granola, local tomato sofrito, housemade coconut yogurt
Smoked Chesapeake Blue Catfish
aji amarillo, yellow potato, fried egg mayo, fish roe
72hr lamb, pickled cucumber, mint
butter, stone fruit marmalade, bittersweet chocolate