Kwame Onwuachi courtesy Kith/Kin
From a press release:
“Honoring the essence and heritage of West Africa’s unique and diverse culture and cuisine, Kith/Kin at the InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf (801 Wharf St SW) will be transformed into a vibrant night market on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 from 8PM to midnight in celebration of the award-winning Afro-Caribbean restaurant’s 2-year anniversary. The interactive and enlightening evening will be accentuated with stunning waterfront views of the Potomac River on The Wharf, delicious food, eclectic sounds featuring live music entertainment from DJ Chardabat ranging from Afrobeats and Highlife to Afro-Soul, all intertwined with live dancing and sounds from traditional Djembe & Talking Drums.
Priced at $75 per person, eight chefs from throughout the District and DC area will create their spin on classic and modern West African dishes. Sweet and savory bites by these celebrated chefs will encompass a diverse range of dishes and spices, such as Suya, Oleleh, Spicy Goat and Jollof Rice and Banana Bourbon, to name a few. Creative handcrafted cocktails garnished with a variety of tropical fruits, will be prepared by lead mixologist Sunny Seng, and will be available for purchase at the bar. In addition, the event will feature specialty vendors such Calabash Tea & Tonic, Pelonkey, and much more to ensure attendees experience an eclectic and exciting night of fun, food & entertainment paying homage to West Africa. “Africa is now!”, says award-winning Executive Chef and Author Kwame Onwuachi. “I want to celebrate the history of this amazing continent over the series of late night markets, bringing together different chefs from the DC area to celebrate the Diaspora.”
Caitlin Dysart: Centrolina + Piccolina
Danny Lee and Scott Drewno: Chiko + Anju
Erik Bruner-Yang: Maketto + Brothers and Sisters + Spoken English
Javier Fernandez: Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly
Jerome Grant: Sweet Home Cafe
JR Robinson: Kitchen Cray
Opie Crooks: A Rake’s Progress
Peter Prime: Cane
Kwame Onwuachi: Kith/Kin
Paola Velez: Kith/Kin
“Africa has influenced so many cultures. So much so, that we have at many times forgotten to give credit where it’s due. As an Afro-Latina, the night market is a celebration of all of the melting pot cultures that have been birthed in Africa. The last two years, the Kith/Kin team at IHG has started a cultural revolution, one fried snapper at a time, says Executive Pastry Chef Paola Velez.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength.