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Kelowna, BC (November 7, 2016) – Kelowna Grandmothers for Africa and the Okanagan Chefs Association with the support of Jane Hoffman Group of Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty present ‘Discover Africa’s Culture and Cuisine’ on Saturday, November 19th at Okanagan College to raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers Campaign supporting grandmothers in Africa who are raising millions of Aids orphans in that country.

While experiencing entertainment by the Nankama African Drum and Dance Group, guests will enjoy dishes inspired by African cuisine prepared by the Junior Chefs of the Okanagan Chefs Association, Culinary Arts students at Okanagan College and students from Mount Boucherie Secondary Culinary Program with the mentorship of distinguished chefs of the Okanagan Chefs Association and Okanagan College.

Eight culinary tables will represent the flavours of this diverse continent including the West African export cacao bean represented in two dessert tables with milk chocolate from Ghana and dark chocolate from Tanzania, the east African country known for both the Serengeti National Park and Kilimanjaro National Park.

Team Beef led by mentor chef Jenna Pillon of the acclaimed Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek Winery has created a dish of Moroccan Braised Beef with a coconut velouté.  Team Pork led by Okanagan Chefs Association President Jeremy Luypen of Predator Ridge will be presenting a Garam Masala spiced pork with okra and ginger couscous. Inspired by the North African Arabian dish of tajine, Team Chicken and will be serving Chicken Tajine with preserved lemons under the leadership of Chef Mike Barillaro of Okanagan College Culinary Arts.  Team Goat, Team Vegetarian and Team Fish are all keeping their menus top secret until the drums start beating at this unique event on November 19th.

The students of each culinary table while serving up their African inspired menus are also competing for the coveted ‘People’s Choice Award’ voted on by the guests of the evening.  The winning culinary team will be awarded a bursary by the sponsor of the evening, Jane Hoffman Group of Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty.

Thanks to Baptist Housing, Brenda Fisher Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, Alison Oxtoby at Entrust Lawyers LLP, Expedia CruiseshipCenters Kelowna, Gorman Bros., Kelowna Mercedes Benz, Vineyard Developments and Voyager RV for their generous sponsorship of our culinary tables and the efforts of these Okanagan Chefs Association Junior Chefs and the culinary students of Okanagan College.

The Nankama African Drum and Dance Group will provide the musical backdrop of the evening along with a live and silent auction featuring Zimbabwe stone sculptures from the Ukama Gallery, artwork from Canadian landscape artist Rod Charlesworth, a suit from Torino Clothing Co. valued at over $1000, Chefs dinners catered in your own home and more!

Tickets for Discover Africa’s Culture and Cuisine are $75 and available on EventBrite or by calling 250-764-9247.
Doors open at 5:00 pm with dinner at 6:00 pm at the Centre for Learning Atrium, Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna.

Proceeds from Discover Africa’s Culture and Cuisine will be donated to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign empowering African grandmothers to raise the 15 million children orphaned by the Aids pandemic and to the Okanagan Chefs Association to provide further educational opportunities for Junior Chefs in our community.



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