Black Farmers Market presents
The next Grazefully Rooted dining experience will be in May 2023. Details about menu, chefs, farmers, and venue will be available soon. Tickets released in April.
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Join us for the next farm to table dinner in the Grazefully Rooted series featuring The Ochola family of The Palace International featuring fresh produce found at the Black Farmers’ Market. The third farm to table experience of the season will include live music in partnership with CJ Baker.
You don’t want to miss being Grazefully Rooted with us!
“The farm to table dinner was a thoughtfully curated experience from beginning to end. From the vendors, the sustainable cutlery, to the farm tour. I loved how each course was explained by the chef while being served. The cherry on top was the land being Black-owned.”
The Palace International was started by Maurice and Caren Ochola. The two natives of Kenya came to the United States to attend universities where they met through a mutual friend. They settled in Durham, NC to start a family and eventually The Palace in 1989. The Palace became a big part of Durham lore through the 1990s not only offering renowned African cuisine but more notably offering a meeting ground for diverse communities and a world beat music scene.
Though The Palace International no longer has a brick and mortar location today Caren and Maurice, along with their two kids Moses and Suzanna Ochola all keep the spirit of the restaurant going in the community through catering and events. participate in The Palace’s daily operations. The family owned specializes in both traditional East African delicacies as well as African spins on world cuisines.
Live entertainment powered by CJ Baker
“The farm to table experience surpassed my expectations by far. To see and hear the Black farming community up close and personal soothed my soul, not to mention great food, music, and fellowship. I can’t wait to attend another.”
** Vegetarian / vegan plate (all three sides)
Crispy cassava chips
Served with a zesty chili lime drizzle and Bahama NC sourced succotash
Blackberry Ginger Salad
Warm cabbage salad with a blackberry ginger vinaigrette
Hoppin' John Nyoyo
A Kenyan take on a Southern classic, featuring a corn and bean medley served on a bed of jasmine rice cooked in a flavorful goat broth infused with East African spices.
North Carolina Fish Stew
Pan seared and stewed fish served over matake, a green banana and plantain mash. Topped with a spicy Haitian pikliz.
A refreshing palate cleanser doubling as a creamy treat to prepare you for your final course.
Sweet Potato Samosas
Golden, sweet, and fried to perfection. Served with a special peach compote.
This event is outdoors. Masks are not required but encouraged for safety and comfort. To help keep the community safe, if you feel sick/unwell, please sit this event out. There will be more opportunities in the near future to experience Grazefully Rooted.
To ensure participant and staff safety, we will practice CDC recommended safety protocols. Masks are required when not eating and drinking. Social distancing is highly encouraged.
Seating is first come, first served. If you intend to sit with other guests, please arrive as close to the same time as possible to select seats. Tables available to seat up to 6 people. Dinner will be served inside family style (only sharing with people who are seated at your table). Dinner is adult only.
Please let us know of any dietary restrictions when you complete the registration form.
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