WEST AFRICAN WEDNESDAYS

Please note:

At present, Hills Market Downtown is the only location at which we are able to serve customers. Our 1400 location is a commercial kitchen where we do our cooking; we are unable to serve customers there. If you miss us at Hills, reach out to us and find out how else you can get our food. Sometimes we do deliveries. We can always cater your event, and we usually have cooking classes and events you can attend.

WEDNESDAY| 11:30A-2:30P 
Join Asempe Kitchen for lunch every Wednesday at Hills Market Downtown
Some favorites  include Red-Red (beans and fried plantains), Shiro (chickpea & lentil dish), and Kontomire (spinach with melon seeds)(v)
Each entree is served with a side of njera bread (Ethiopian), fried plantains, or Saffron rice.
There are always 2-3 vegan/vegetarian options.
 Address: 95 N Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215

 

 

 

 

FEAST ON WORDS

 Sunday, February 11 from 3pm-5pm

*Tickets are $15
Early dinner, reading by an esteemed writer, and a writing exercise! Who can beat that?!
*Tickets are also available at our lunch counter in-store at the Hills Market downtown on Wednesdays (11-3)
or the door on the day of the event.
Or email us at info@asempekitchen.com (Venmo & Cash app & Paypal accepted)

 

 

ETHIOPIAN COOKING CLASS

Saturday, February 17 from 11am-1pm
Chef Tilly will lead students in preparing a traditional Ethiopian dish, Doro Wat (chicken stew), made with lots of onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, and Berebere. The chicken used will be Halal. The group will sit to share the meal and discuss cultural issues and trade stories.
*UNFORTUNATELY TICKETS FOR THIS CLASS ARE ALREADY SOLD OUT. PLEASE SIGN UP TO FOLLOW BETTER PLATE COLUMBUS TO BE INFORMED OF UPCOMING CLASSES.

 

INTRODUCTION TO WEST AFRICAN FOOD

 Sunday, February 18th from 3pm-6pm

The Seasoned Farmhouse is excited to introduce Kuukua Yomekpe to our kitchen. She is a 1st generation Ghanaian American. She will be sharing flavors from the blended regions of West Africa.

*UNFORTUNATELY TICKETS FOR THIS CLASS ARE ALREADY SOLD OUT. PLEASE SIGN UP TO FOLLOW SEASONED FARMHOUSE TO BE INFORMED OF UPCOMING CLASSES.

 

 

 

 

WEST AFRICAN STREET FOOD

 Sunday, March 4th from 3pm-5pm

Please join Kuukua as she shares aspects of Ghanaian culture and food. You will savor the flavors of finger foods found on the busy streets of Accra, Ghana where I was born and immigrated from 22 years ago. Over the years I’ve learned that certain foods have universality. Be it meat on a stick, deep fried wings, fries, or corn dogs, street food is a delight no matter what part of the world you find yourself in. We will recreate some of the foods found on the busy streets of Accra, Ghana during an evening out.
*UNFORTUNATELY TICKETS FOR THIS CLASS ARE ALREADY SOLD OUT. PLEASE SIGN UP TO FOLLOW SEASONED FARMHOUSE TO BE INFORMED OF UPCOMING CLASSES.

 

 

Curious to experience the culinary adventure of West African cuisine?

Curiosity

Asempe loosely translates to “Curiosity” in Fante, the mother tongue of Chef Kuukua Yomekpe. Asempe Kitchen offers traditional Ghanaian dishes, adapted for the western palate. With both meat and vegan options, Asempe cooks in Canola instead of Palm oil, bringing a fresh approach to West African cuisine.

Adventure

Asempe flirts with tradition by creating dips, curries, and stir-fries that spin off of the Ghanaian froyi (stews) and nkwan (soups) Chef Kuukua was raised on. For the more adventurous palate, Asempe offers Moko, their signature hot sauce of habeneros and serranos blended with garlic, ginger, onions and spices.

LEARNING

Asempe Kitchen caters parties, receptions, corporate, team-building and other events. Join Chef Kuukua in her kitchen, or invite her to infuse your kitchen with Asempe! Let us feed you lunch at the Hills Market, downtown Columbus every Wednesday (11:30-2:30)

Akwaaba! (Welcome!) My name is Kuukua, and I am a first generation Ghanaian American. I arrived in the United States 20 years ago. Since then I’ve tried to make a home for myself no matter where I am. Creating community is one of my passions, and a big part of that is food making and eating. I’ve decided to take this passion out of my kitchen and into my city. This is where you come in! I’d love to help you create or sustain community through food.  Let’s talk about your team, your upcoming event, or even your neighborhood – and dream up ways we can use Asempe Kitchen’s cuisine to connect cultures, and communicate with each other.

“Working with Kuukua is as great as eating her food.  Her ability to create delicious bites on time and on budget was greatly appreciated.  I highly recommend her and Asempe Kitchen for any catering or personal chef needs.”

Saydeah H | San Fransisco, CA

“Kuukua makes some of the most delicious food I’ve ever had! If you haven’t been lucky enough to try Ghanaian food, then it’s your lucky day.  Kuukua will give you that chance, and man oh man, you should take her up on it. Her food’s delicious! You won’t be disappointed.”

Em G | Brooklyn, NY

“Asempe! was kind enough to provide an appetizer for one of my networking events.  Not only was it a hit with the guests but everyone wanted some to take home.  Alas, there was very little left. Wonderful spinach appetizer!”

Tony W | San Fransisco, CA

“I had a private cooking lesson from Kuukua on how to make a traditional Ghanaian meal — pepper soup with goat and fufu. My teacher was very good at breaking down the steps and encouraged the lesson to be hands-on. While I enjoyed this process,  I cannot leave out the feasting part. More than yummy! Hands down, slap the table, suck the bone, lick the bowl dry, good!”

Mz M | Alameda, CA

“When we break bread with others/strangers, we begin to cross boundaries, which in turn creates a bond that removes ‘Other’ from our lexicon even if momentarily. My family and I have been inviting others into our kitchen and to our table since I moved to the U.S. some twenty years ago.”

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