Akron women to cook African diaspora food at NoHi pop-up
Two Akron friends and business partners are once again cooking up authentic African diaspora dishes as guest chefs this weekend at a pop-up restaurant in North Hill.
Jasmin Evans and Tameika Ginee own the Hideaway Studio and Herbal Gift Shop near East Market Street in Akron and continue to delve into food as they explore the opportunity to enter the restaurant business.
The duo take to the kitchen for a weekend at NoHi Pop-Up in North Hill.
Evans grew up in Akron and eventually moved to Washington, DC, where she learned to love Ethiopian and Trinidadian cuisine while working in the restaurant business.
She has visited Trinidad three times and loves to sample the local food scenes.
Ginee is originally from Warren but has called Akron home most of her life.
The love of gardening and a healthy lifestyle has made its way into her kitchen, where Ginee has spent the past 10 years honing her skills and refining vegan and vegetarian dishes.
The couple’s love for healthy, authentic food led to potlucks at their Hideaway Studio and herbal gift shop.
The North Hill Community Development Corp. has taken over the kitchen of Mexico City’s old restaurant – before that, the Office City Tavern – at 778 N. Main St. and once a week invites new chefs and budding menus to take over and offer food for the weekend.
Hideaway Kitchen’s menu will include main courses like curried crab legs in a garlic butter crab sauce served with talkari (squash) with aromatic spices and coleslaw and house spices.
Bake and FGT is Trinidadian fried bread and deep-fried green tomatoes topped with vegetables, pineapple, coleslaw and signature sauces served over fires.
The third offering is Bake and Shark served with Trinidadian fried bread and breaded and fried shark topped with vegetables with a pineapple salad with signature sauce.
The sides include an okra stew and carolina rice.
The Hideway Kitchen will be open for business for a single weekend from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, with all take-out only in the midst of the pandemic.
To order, call 234-231-1645 or visit www.northakroncdc.org/nohi on Wednesday.
Craig Webb can be reached at [email protected]