#ChopBarDC Thirst Quencher: The DC Dawa [Recipe]

#ChopBarDC Thirst Quencher: The DC Dawa [Recipe]

Chop Bar this year had many exciting and memorable moments: a dance off battle initiated by host and travel influencer Jessica Nabongo, live painting by Dunnie O, our “spice” t-shirt made waves in our Chop Shop marketplace, yummy bites from Chef Hiyaw, and of course our crafted cocktail,  The DC Dawa, a crowd favorite!

5 Must Try African Vegan Dishes

5 Must Try African Vegan Dishes

African cuisine is among some of the easiest food around the world to veganize due  to the fresh produce, hearty grains, and fragrant spices that make up many traditional dishes. Soups, stews, and other dishes with animal products left out or swapped with plant based alternatives can stand up to traditional dishes without sacrificing taste. Here are  vegan dishes from various countries in Africa.

31 Days of Black Women in Food

31 Days of Black Women in Food

Women’s History Month (March) is a time to reflect on the many contributions of women worldwide in various sectors. The culinary industry is currently bursting with talented black women who are giving a boost to much needed diversity in the field. During each day this month, we’re celebrating Black women who are adding their imprint to the food world. From chefs to food bloggers and culinary historians, these 31 Black women are shaking things up through food in  their respective lanes.

Foodie Spotlight: “Miss Mandi” Talks Food on Social Media in Kenya

Foodie Spotlight: “Miss Mandi” Talks Food on Social Media in Kenya

When it comes to Nairobi’s food scene, food enthusiast and vlogger, Mandi Sarro is always on top of what’s hot.  The dynamic foodie, is known for sharing meals through videos that she has popularized through posts on social media. We sat down with Sarro over food and drinks at one of her favorite restaurants in Nairobi, Nyama Mama, for a discussion on food and the business of food on social media. She shared the lessons she’s learned on building her brand.

A Thanksgiving Menu: Jamaica Meets Trinidad

A Thanksgiving Menu: Jamaica Meets Trinidad

Chef Streete created a menu that he calls “Homecoming”. He  explained, “this is what happens when the best of Jamaica and Trinidad come together; showcasing the  fruits of what both cultures have been able to make out of necessity.”

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2017 Featured Chef: Sean Streete

2017 Featured Chef: Sean Streete

We are excited to announce that our 2017 Featured Chef is Chef Sean Streete, a Jamaican born and Trinidadian raised, native of San Francisco, California. As a part of the selection process, Chef Streete’s tasting menu reflected his Jamaican and Trinidadian upbringing while incorporating innovative dining techniques within each dish. From the nostalgic feels of jerk chicken to escovitch fish, Chef Streete’s menu left us wanting to know more about his passion for food and cooking.  

Beyond the Art, the Chale Wote Festival is a Foodie’s Dream

Beyond the Art, the Chale Wote Festival is a Foodie’s Dream

Dine Diaspora landed in Ghana just in time for the one of the most anticipated events held in Accra -The Chale Wote Street Art Festival. This year’s event, held from August 14th to 20th in Accra’s Jamestown neighborhood drew crowds of diverse people eager to see and experience the wide array of alternative artistic expression. The event promotes different types of art, from music and performance art, to visual art, and provides an opportunity to showcase Ghana’s local artist as well as international artists. 

Chop Bar - When Good Food, Music, and Good Vibes Collide

Chop Bar - When Good Food, Music, and Good Vibes Collide

On Sunday, July 30, 2017, Dine Diaspora hosted its 2nd annual Chop Bar in Washington, DC.  The event which is inspired by makeshift restaurants throughout West Africa, celebrated global cuisine with a vibrant flair.  Featuring a tasting menu curated by Executive Chef at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Chef Jerome Grant, guest enjoyed dishes inspired by his African-American, Filipino, and Caribbean heritage. From Smoked Chesapeake Blue Catfish to a Cassava Cake, each dish was meticulously plated to look as beautiful as it tasted.  

The Leisure Hour - 3 Guys, Brunch, and a Podcast

The Leisure Hour - 3 Guys, Brunch, and a Podcast

The Leisure Hour is a time of relaxation and reflection combined with music, conversation, and food. The three founding men have a friendship that dates back to their undergraduate days at Davidson College and their bond is evident with their effortless teamwork and communication. On a sunny Sunday, they decide on a cozy location (one of their homes), curate a brunch menu  and a playlist  that is hard to sit still to. After brunch, the podcast recording follows, and let’s just say no topic is off the table! 
 

3 Black Food History Stories You Should Know

3 Black Food History Stories You Should Know

From the Foodways Exhibit within the Cultural Expression Exhibition, Dr. Hyppolite shared insights on the rich food history that is showcased at the museum , which is currently the most visited museum in the world and will soon be seeing its one millionth visitor. Throughout the evening, Dr. Hyppolite dropped gems about Black food history that made us proud and eager to learn more.