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!
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.
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.
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 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!
On August 28th, Dine Diaspora hosted a pop-up dining experience called “Chop Bar” in Washington, DC . “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 Chop Bar experience where attendees enjoyed tasty bites from our featured chef — Chef Jonathan Harris.