From Joffreh to Jamaica via New Orleans – celebrating African culture and cuisine at The Falstaff

Chefs Isha and Ray have teamed up for the cuisine event at The Falstaff

A celebration of the impact of African culture on cuisine across the world will be held in Ramsgate to mark Black History Month.

From Joffreh to Jamaica via New Orleans is the first in a new season of international cuisine events being hosted at The Falstaff Inn in Addington Street.

The event is the first collaboration between chefs Isha Dicko Njie, whose grandfather was tribal chief of Gambia and whose family still live near Joffreh – the home of Kunta Kinte and the origin of industrial slavery – and Ray Smicle of IRIE Soulfood, who draws on cherished memories and a rich legacy of recipes from the matriarchs in his family who were part of the Windrush generation – including his cousin the celebrated TV chef, Rustie Lee.

The authentic and original menu they’ve devised will trace the influence of Black African dishes like Mahfe, Akra, Yassa poulet and Barracuda benachin through its influence on Caribbean cooking, such as saltfish fritters, Haitian Tissot Cabrit and Jamaican Dark Rum cake, to the Cajun and Creole cuisine of “The Deep South” – including Blackened Catfish, Jumbalaya and hominey grits.

The events take place on October 28 and October 29 from 6.30pm. Cost is £30 for three courses or £50 for both nights. A 10% discount is offered for OAPs, NHS staff and families of four or more.

Spaces will be limited for the event,, so if you’d like to explore these largely “unsung” dishes, call The Falstaff on 01843 482600 or visit them at 16-18 Addington Street, Ramsgate to book.

In the weeks to come there will be meals with menus from Cuba, The Basque country, Marrakesh, The Levant and Penang.


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