New York is a gastronomy haven for those that love food! I want to share a different NYC dining experience that will take you on a journey around the world, called Your Friend’s Kitchen!
I was invited to enjoy a unique NYC dining experience, different from what I have already done around New York City. And believe me, I have done countless experiences around town.
But this time, I was called for a Vegan African Feast at Chef Linda’s home! I was intrigued from the start, considering that not only would Chef Linda cater a totally new menu, but she was going to open her home to host us for this super special night!
I was excited and extremely curious too!
Chef Linda (aka Linda Adria Sebisaho) is was born in the Eastern part of Congo, in Africa and moved to New York at the age of 15! Initially, she dreamt of getting into medical school, but totally changed her mind and became a math teacher! Her cooking talent kicked in a bit later.
Today, she runs her own catering company. She loves these types of social dining experiences, having meals with strangers, that leaves as friends by the end of the night!
She says, “it’s a form of art”, and we couldn’t agree more!
That said, Chef Linda was thrilled to co-host this night with Your Friends Kitchen, created and founded by Meenakshi lala.
So, let me tell you a bit about how the night unraveled!
As we arrived, everyone there warmly greeted us! The table was decorated with colors inspired by the African culture, setting the mood of the night to come.
In addition, they printed a beautiful menu with what we were going to eat during the night! The menu had this beautiful illustration of an African woman wearing one of the gorgeous fabric head arrangements, already bringing us into the journey that was about to start!
Chef Linda introduced herself and in no time, the feast had started! The event is “B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bottle”, so be sure to bring any drink that makes you happy!
Here is what the menu looked like:
- Starter #1: Yucca – Mashed Yucca stuffed with chickpeas or cheese
- Starter #2: Sambusa – Fried dough filled with spiced carrots, peas and potatoes
- Salad: Sachumbari – East African salad made from tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and lime
- Main #1: Yassa Aubergine – Harissa spiced eggplants, pilau rice and ginger caramelized onions
- Main #2 (a surprise!): Plantain with white beans, onions and tomato sauce
- Dessert: Beignets – Savory fried African doughnut served with strawberries
Each dish was explained by Chef Linda, where she would tell us a quick story of its meaning, influence and ingredients.
Portions were extremely generous, beautifully arranged and the best of it all: we had truly a great time, laughed all night long with the stories everyone shared and made some interesting business connections.
Chef Linda amazed us with her talent and we left having a new group of friends that we hope to stay in touch with and explore other dining experiences by Your Friend’s Kitchen!
Last, but definitely not least, I’d love to thank Meenakshi, for inviting us to be part of this special night! We are happy to be part of this new community she’s building and will definitely be back for more!
More information about Your Friend’s Kitchen:
How It Works:
Your Friend’s Kitchen is an authentic food experience, a new take on going out for a meal. Your Friend’s Kitchen aims to bring people together to share an experience that is comforting and familiar, yet not like any other.
Whether they are home cooks or food lovers, our hosts share a passion for bringing people together, one meal at a time!
Meenakshi is a passionate foodie, avid traveler and founder of Your Friends Kitchen. She discovered her love for cooking when she first moved to the United States from India. A foodie at heart, she has traveled to 25+ countries and explored street foods and fine dining alike.
Her passion for cooking food and hosting inspired her to create a platform for others to enjoy dining in the comfort of a warm, cozy, intimate setting and enjoy a delicious meal prepared with love and passion.
Her goal at your friend’s kitchen – Bring people together, one meal at a time!
For you to learn more about Your Friend’s Kitchen and also check out the upcoming events, be sure to go to their website where you can book everything directly!
In addition, if you have a corporate group coming to town and you need help organizing all the experiences, dinners, events, our experts can help you out!
Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and Courtesy of Shir A.