Nigerian chef hosts pop-up dinners Saturday to spark conversation about culinary heritage, race

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Tunde Wey is traveling across American with a spice bag.

The Nigeria-born chef hosts pop-up dinners from coast to coast, and on Saturday, he’ll host two of them at the Sustainable Food Center,  2921 E. 17th St., that aim not only to introduce eaters to Nigerian food, but spark a conversation about blackness in America. The seatings are at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and each dinner will feature dishes including fried plantains, pepper soup, cassava and okra soup, oven-fried guinea and stewed yams.

Tickets cost $65 and are available at fromlagos.com/austin.

Wey’s dinners have been covered in the New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post and NPR, and here’s how he summarizes the intention behind the dinners:

Each dinner will gather an intimate group of diners to converse around this theme.  We explore this theme, sharing personal stories, and discussing how our lives and work intersects with blackness. It is incomplete to discuss America without referencing race and dishonest to mention race without beginning from blackness. But if we are to have these conversations, then why not with good food, and delicious drink?

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Tunde Wey will host two seatings of his traveling pop-up dinner on Saturday at the Sustainable Food Center. Photo from Tunde Wey.

 


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