On Oct. 13, Panla andA Taste of Africa USA launched New York’s first ever African Restaurant Week (NYARW) with a kickoff event at Taj Lounge in the heart of the Big Apple. Foodies got the opportunity to taste the diverse flavors and cultures of the continent, network among professionals from fields including media, finance and fashion, and enjoy live music and performances.
“Within the rapidly burgeoning culinary scene in NYC, New York African Restaurant Week presents an exciting and unique opportunity to celebrate the best of African culture,” said Akin Akinsanya, CEO of A Taste of Africa and founder of NY African Restaurant Week.
This event was only a preview of what’s to come, as African Restaurant Week continues through Oct. 20. Diners can enjoy prix-fix three-course meals at several high-caliber African restaurants and entertainment and networking at special events held in the city.
Food was prepared for an assortment of palates and cultures.
Attendees were privy to an abundance of options to taste from award-winning restaurants.
Wines by African- and minority-owned companies also provided tastings to pare with dishes.
A performer is seen here with event host and comedian NaMÓ
Entrepreneurs were able to display their goods for attendees.
A portion of the profits from the week-long NYARW will benefit Guinee Espoir, an organization dedicated to promoting youth development in Guinea, West Africa, as well as The Telem Center for the African Child, an organization providing children of African descent with recreational camping activities, cultural and educational programs that celebrate African heritage.
NYAW founder Akin Akinsanya, is seen with a patron, Ernest Danjuma Carter
MUI PR founder Ijeoma Genevieve Mbamalu and IBOM LLC founder Anie Akpe-Lewis enjoyed the event.
A family-friendly experience, media personality Shannon Lanier brought his wife and daughter to enjoy.
Global music sensation DJ Universe kept the crowd dancing during the event as well.
For more information on NYARW events and participation, visit beUevents.com. Search
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