You can hardly pick up a local newspaper, magazine, or food review without seeing the names Asempe Kitchen Catering and Kuukua Yomekpe. Since emigrating to the U.S. from Ghana at age 18, Chef Kuukua’s homestyle meals have earned a devoted following – first as a way to engage new neighbors and friends and now as a full-time Columbus-based chef, caterer, and cooking instructor. In March, Asempe Kitchen was recognized as an outstanding woman-owned business by the Ohio Secretary of State and Kuukua has been named a 2018 Tastemaker by Columbus Monthly magazine.
We invite you to join us at Chef Kuukua’s table on April 27 at 1400 Food Lab for an intimate in-kitchen dining experience celebrating the traditional West African foods she grew up cooking and eating in Ghana. Sobolo, a hibiscus-ginger infused cocktail (24 hours in the making!), will be offered throughout the meal and Kuukua will share stories and anecdotes from her culture and experiences.
Kelewele ne Nkatsi
spicy fried plantains with ginger, habanero, garlic, and peanuts -- a popular Ghanaian street snack
deep-fried yam balls with sardines and onions
Asempe Paano ne Koned Beef
corned beef pate’ with leeks and tomatoes on Kuukua’s own house made bread
spicy grilled bone-in goat with red onions and bell peppers
Edua ne Prakonam
stewed black-eye peas with pork belly and plantain fritters
Egusi ne Egwan
spinach and lamb stewed with melon seeds, served with saffron rice
Ethiopian recipe adapted for Asempe Kitchen
vegetable stew with cabbage, potatoes, carrots and onions
Gari ne Nkatsi
cassava porridge with cane sugar, milk and peanuts