"The food we cook at home is a lot different from our parents' Ethiopian food," says Faiza Farah, who has begun organizing AfroUrbanites pop-up dinners with Tsedey Seisu. "We stay true to a lot of the techniques and the slow cooking, but we fool around with ingredients. A lot of our stuff is very Californian."
Farah and Seisu's second AfroUrbanites dinner takes place this Saturday at Berkeley's Guerrilla Cafe. The centerpiece of the three-course dinner will be a choice of wots -- tomato-based stews -- with either oxtail or sweet potato. For dessert, the two will perform the Ethiopian coffee ceremony, pregnant with the smells of roasting coffee and incense, and serve vanilla berbere ice cream or tiramisu.
If you miss this dinner, you'll have to wait until late August for the next, when Farah returns from vacation in Ethiopia and France. This fall the two plan to hold monthly AfroUrbanite dinners at either Guerrilla Cafe or San Francisco's Coffee Bar.
When: Saturday, June 18, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Guerrilla Cafe, 1620 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.
Price: $25; make reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org