An Evening Of African Storytelling
e8, LONDON, UK
15TH SEPTEMBER 2019
Exceptional private dining experience celebrating the opulence of African cultures.
“Storytelling serves as the foundation and pillar of human societies”
- Yuval Noah Hurari, Homo Deus
Storytelling is the bedrock of many ancient cultures that flow through and between country borders in the West African region. These cultures that are often misrepresented by incomplete narratives are brimming with beauty and splendour.
Join us as we discover cultural connections that span across county borders, breathing life into a forgotten shared history.
What you get:
A welcome drink on arrival
Creative 4 course dinner presented by chef Maria Bradford, a specialist in West African fine dining.
Menu (please see below) inspired by ‘Things Fall Apart’, an African classic by Chinua Achebe
Cocktail pairings for each course
An intimate kora performace from Senegalese griot, Kadialy Kouyate, a descendent of the noble line of Kouyate griots from the Mali Empire.
More surprises on the day!
The Idemili’s Harvest
‘And now he was going to take the Idemili title, the third highest in the land. It was a very expensive ceremony and he was gathering all his resources together’
Saffron Fonio with Garden Pea Purée
Nri Eze ~ Food Fit For A King
‘But they grew women’s crops, like coco-yams, beans and cassava. Yam, the king of crops, was a man’s crop’
Yam, Leek and Pancetta Croquette with Roasted Garlic Aioli
A Sacrifice for Obiako’s Father
‘Obiako has always been a strange one...when his father had not been dead very long, he had gone to consult the Oracle. The Oracle said “Your dead father wants you to sacrifice a goat to him”...he said “Ask my dead father if he ever had a fowl when he was alive’
Guinea fowl with butter beans and spinach
Trio of Desserts
Eze Agadi Nwayi
‘Corn cob with only a few scattered grains...or the teeth of an old woman’
Corn Panna Cotta
‘My children do not resemble me. Where are the young suckers that grow when the old banana tree dies’
Plantain Akara with Butterscotch Sauce
The Nuts of the Water of Heaven
‘Young people ran about happily picking up the cold nuts and throwing them into their mouths to melt’
Menu is subject to change based on chef’s discretion. Adjustments can be made for allergies or dietary requirements with prior notice.