This article is about the state of The London Taste Of Africa Meetup Group as of March 2019. Here you will find information, facts and comments from members. The following article can be considered a report on the past 9 years, the group present state and future ambitions.
Running a restaurant business is challenging, business rates, employment costs eat into profits and the general market in areas such as London is saturated. So why would you want to start a business in this sector? Well West Africa Cooks believes that even if these facts are true there is an opportunity. There is a demand for African heritage, culture and food. Talented individuals are now catering for this. Read on and then find out what is the secret to successfully launching a restaurant business.
Engaged African adult and children desire a different story that is for them. They want female characters that would become icons to the African girl growing up to give them something to aspire to that they too can be heroes and it’s not an all male field. Black teenagers need black superheroes role models, a champion and more.
"The continent of Africa has such a diverse food offering" say Zoe Adjonyoh who at the forefront of shaking things up in the UK foodie scene has now published a cook book called Zoe's Ghana Kitchen.
Science graduate Sylvia Browne partners up with a top west end London restaurateur to launch a new African supperclub called My African Hob.
The London taste of Africa meetup group members had a meet and greet at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, London in February 2017. This is the report on what happened.
Here is a q&a from Carine Ottou, the Cameroonian chef who founded Inspiring Chefs, co-hosting the sold out *Soul Makoss a pop-up at The Pill Box in Bethnal Green with **Eat Off The Menu.
Where are your family from?
I was born in Cameroon and moved to France at age 14.
What African country do you visit the most and why should other people visit that country?
On Tuesday 29th November 2016 Pop Up Africa and Start Ups for Africa organised an event called #African Food 2016 this took place at FaceBook headquarters in Camden, London. This article is about the night's event and what we can learn to growth the African food market.
It's GhanaBeTasty, it's going to be special too. Billed as a five course taste tour of Zoe's Ghanaian cookbook, Zoe Adjonyoh's supperclub was tasty and it was fun. We do like the magical atmosphere under the low level lighting, feels like your eating inside a themed wonderland tent. If you are going to book a meal at the south London venue anticipate that you are in for a great night, dinning on traditional African cuisine. Very cosy. Here is our review of our evening.
Real opportunities exist for African entrepreneurs in the food industry, but turning ideas into businesses is hard work requiring detailed planning, motivation and a long term vision. On Sunday 2nd October 2016 I visited the OniDodo autumn Supper Club to see what turning a vision into business venture is all about. Here is the story of the evening and the questions and answer with Dare who is one to pave the way for the next generation.