Nairobi Restaurant Week kicks off in style
16 January 2017
Farm Africa is the chosen charity of a cocktail night launching Kenya's most exciting culinary event
Farm Africa is delighted to team up with EatOut Kenya and top chef Ashley Palmer-Watts to launch Nairobi Restaurant Week at a cocktail reception being held at the Tribe Hotel in Nairobi on Thursday 19 January.
Tribe is one of more than 60 restaurants taking part in the fourth edition of Nairobi Restaurant Week, which will run from Thursday 26 January to Sunday 5 February 2017. Participating restaurants will offer distinctive menus at fixed prices for the duration of the city’s biggest and most exciting culinary event.
Michelle Slater, the General Manager at EatOut Kenya highlights “Nairobi Restaurant Week is the ultimate culinary experience. Our city's vibrant dining scene takes centre stage for 10 days, with chefs pulling out all the stops to wine and dine customers. It’s truly the perfect way to kick off the new year and celebrate our blossoming restaurant scene.”
I’m looking forward to re-visiting Joyce and her family, checking in on a fishpond we set up with the amazing work of the charity Farm Africa.
All proceeds from ticket sales from the launch charity cocktail night will be donated to Farm Africa to help more farmers across eastern Africa grow their incomes in an environmentally sustainable way. Ashley Palmer–Watts, Group Executive Head Chef at the Michelin-starred restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, will be joined by some of Kenya’s finest chefs in curating the menu for the evening.
As well as attending the cocktail evening, Ashley Palmer-Watts will use his time in Kenya to meet up with Joyce, a fish farmer from western Kenya he first met back in 2012 while visiting Farm Africa’s work. At the time, Joyce had one fishpond at the time, but by the end of his stay Ashley had started pegging out a new pond with her to help build up her business. Tomorrow, Ashley is set to see the new pond she has named ‘Ashley’s Pond’ and also to find out more about the next steps in Farm Africa’s Aquaculture Project.
Ashley commented: “I’m looking forward to re-visiting Joyce and her family, checking in on a fishpond we set up with the amazing work of the charity Farm Africa. I've heard that the second pond has generated enough income to build another, but more importantly school the three grandchildren.”
Stefanie Pfeil, External Relations Director at Farm Africa, added: “We are thrilled to have been selected as the official charity of Nairobi Restaurant Week. Nairobi is well-known for its vibrant restaurant scene and it’s great to have the city’s foodies on board with supporting our sustainable farming programmes. We’re also delighted that Ashley Palmer-Watts is able to join us and reconnect with Joyce to hear first-hand about the long-term impact of Farm Africa’s work.”