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


WEDNESDAY| 11:30A-2:30P 
Join Asempe Kitchen for lunch every Wednesday at Hills Market Downtown
Click on button to find out menu for this week.
 Address: 95 N Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215


Sunday, September 24 from 3p-5p
*Tickets are $15 and available on Eventbrite
*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.

Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce

Asempe  Kitchen Does Taste of Bexley

Chef Kuukua will serve samples of a couple audience favorites from the AK repertoire

Say tuned for more information!

October 9, 2017 / 5:30-8:00 p.m.
St. Charles Walter Commons

Bexley Public Library

“Ghanaian Cooking with Asempe Kitchen

In this program, Chef Kuukua owner of Asempe Kitchen will speak about her passion for sharing her culture through food, and using food to bridge cultures.
There will be samples of a couple of Asempe Kitchen’s popular dishes.
Thursday October 12, 2017
Stay tuned for more details!

Franklin Park Conservatory

West African Date Night with Asempe Kitchen

African cuisine can feel out of reach sometimes because we are often not exposed to it. Join us for dinner and learn how to make a traditional West African staple fufu with nkatsi nkwan, also called groundnut soup, a staple of most African diets, made from fresh ground peanut paste, often spicy and piled high with all kinds of meat. Learn about dumplings from Ghana, made from plantains, cassava, yam, or cocoyam tubers. Spice levels are customizable. Paired with wine. Vegan and Gluten-Free.

Friday October 20, 2017
Stay tuned for more details!

Curious to experience the culinary adventure of West African cuisine?


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.


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.


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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