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Sun, Dec 26


The New Look Restaurant

Umoja Day Cooking Demo, Tasting, & Storytelling

Join Chef Bryson Lenon of Chef's Studio and Tamieka Hardy of Croissant Sol in unity with Jessica Smith of Plates On Purpose connecting food history and culture as we strive to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

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Umoja Day Cooking Demo, Tasting, & Storytelling
Umoja Day Cooking Demo, Tasting, & Storytelling

Time & Location

Dec 26, 2021, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The New Look Restaurant , 2544 E 83rd St, Chicago, IL 60617, USA


About the event

Kwanzaa celebrates African heritage, unity, and culture and is celebrated annually from December 26 to January 1. Join Plates On Purpose in unity with Chef's Studio and Croissant Sol, as we lead you through an intentionally selected three course tasting with an appreciation and history of the food that is before you at each course. We have a great meal prepared for you and are excited to let the story be a part of the experience.

The program for this unique event will include an explanation of the traditional Kwanzaa table setting, culturally guided food pairings, drumming, a poetry reading, and of course, delicious food! Attendees are encouraged to wear African inspired attire. You don't want to miss this special Kwanzaa themed cooking demo, tasting, and storytelling. 

Spaces are limited so don't miss your opportunity to attend. Buy your tickets today to make sure your seat at the table is saved! Due to COVID protocols, masks will be required and we will be practicing social distancing. Guests are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated or test negative for COVID 24 hours before attending this in-person event. All guests and participants are asked to stay home if you are not feeling well.

This event is priced to cover the cost of the food. Additional donations are accepted by visiting and using the Donate button. To sign up as a volunteer, email Jessica at


  • One Adult Ticket

    Children are free up to age 15. This is an exclusive event so a limited number of tickets will be sold to maintain the intended vibe.

    +$0.50 service fee
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