NYC African Restaurant & Food Week!!!!



We are happy to announce that Panla and A Taste of Africa USA are hosting their first annual NY African Restaurant Week from Sunday, October 13th to Sunday, October 20th, 2013. We would like to invite you to participate in this exciting and unique opportunity which celebrates the best of African cuisine and culture.

Contact us at for more info!!!!

Please feel free to ask your friends and colleagues to support the participating restaurants and be part of the first ever NYC African Restaurant Week.

The African Restaurant & Food Week (Oct13 – 20) is a cultural event that celebrates the best of the African Cuisine, wine, chefs, artisans, restaurant owners in both African and non-African restaurants across the city.

Madiba Restaurant BUKA Nigerian Restaurant, BrooklynPonty Bistro, Jollof , Tolani , Queen of Sheba, Le Souk Harem, Les Ambassades, Shrine ,La CAYE ,Toast 105

Purchase Tickets Here!!!

BCE: Inaugural Reception

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We hope you enjoy the recap via the above slideshow of the inaugural Black Culinary Expo Reception!


Our Menu For The Evening Sponsored by Charmaine DaCosta of Crude Food!

We’d Like to Thank:

Our host Nilka Hendricks of Hells Kitchen

Our Honoree Chef Josh Marks of Hell’s Kitchen

Our Honoree Miriam Osei Milord of BCakeNY

Petula Beckles

Adriane Mack of Mack Enterprises

Charmaine DaCosta of Crude Food & Lime Nation

Select Space Studios

DJ Anthony “Clean”

Nadege Jean

Lexine Emille

Tea by Tiffany


Reel You Studios

AtomicD Solutions, LLC

All Volunteers

and finally our guests for the evening!!!

Vendor Table Set-Up

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We’ve been to a couple of culinary events in which vendors were given the ultimate opportunity. That’s what this is. Our Expo allows vendors the ultimate opportunity to showcase their goods along with directly marketing to their targeted consumers! So you would think first impressions count right? I guess a few of our culinary friends didn’t get the memo judging from some of the tables we’ve stumbled upon!

So to avoid this happening to you, we wanted to give some friendly tips to aid you in having the best experience ever and avoid some of the table horrors we’ve seen! Remember, along with building beneficial and sustaining relationships, this expo will also aid in building your brand! How you represent that brand determines the response you will receive from your targeted market!

  • Research items you’ll need to effectively complete all tasks at hand
  • Make sure you keep your vendor table as neat as possible
  • Avoid clutter by storing additional material and items beneath your table
  • Build an attractive vendors table. Create a look that will ensure expo guests to stop by your table
    -Tablecloth, flowers, floor banners, culinary books, etc…
  • Interact with guests by providing them with hands-on experiences such as “how-to’s”, demos, etc…
  • Do not forget to have a disclaimer for all participating guests to sign in case of accidents
  • Have ready contact information forms for guest to sign along with your contact information

Above are a few neat vendor displays we came across that you can possibly grab ideas from!