In January 2015, I had planned to host a dinner in L.A. as part of my cross-country cooking tour. En route to Los Angeles, I was detained by border patrol officers and spent the next 20 days in immigration detention.
A lot has happened since that time; I moved to a new city, New Orleans; opened up a Nigerian food stall; and started another traveling dinner series discussing race from the perspective of black folks.
On Monday, Nov. 7, I'll be returning to L.A. (for the first time).
This dinner is an opportunity to continue what I began saying almost two years ago-- an opportunity to share my food as protest. Protest against dominant food culture, as well as a wider, and more important protest against dominant and oppressive systems of power.
The presence of an immigrant cook, whose food sits in antagonism and in dialogue with contemporary (food) culture is a necessary demonstration.
L.A. feels like unfinished business.
This is not a BLACKNESS DINNER SERIES EVENT-- the agenda for the night is good food, drink and deep afro-beats cuts from my stash.
date: MONDAY, NOV. 7
seatings: 7:00 PM
venue: GOOD GIRL DINETTE.
110 N AVE 56,
HIGHLAND PARK, CA 90042
/braised trotter stew/
MOI MOI + GARRI
/steamed, bean cakes + manioc/
JOLLOF RICE + DODO + QUAIL /seasoned long grain rice + fried plantains + thrice cooked quail/
/deep fried dough/
dishes contain seafood/ shellfish. sorry, no substitutions. no vegetarian options. dishes served family style. we cannot accommodate dietary restrictions or allergies. menu subject to change depending on available ingredients.
sorry to sound strict and uncompromising, but trust me it's better this way. love you.