If you’re not familiar what Jollof is, you’re about to be. The Promontory’s Executive Chef Carlos Cruz, along with partner Afrofusion, will host some of Chicago’s African restaurants for the second annual Jollof Wars — a one-of-a-kind food festival and competition centered around Jollof, a traditional one-pot rice dish popular throughout West Africa made with rice, tomatoes and goat meat or beef.
On September 16th from 2-8 PM, the Promotory gathers neighborhood restaurants including Kenwood’s Goree Cuisine, Uptown’s Mukase and Iyanze, and more, as they each prepare to face-off with an original take on Jollof for the chance to earn bragging rights as the Jollof Wars champion. Set to a lively soundtrack of beats curated by Afrofusion’s collection of the city’s top Afrobeat DJs, this event is a unique opportunity to celebrate African cuisine and music as The Promontory and Chef Cruz continue their commitment to providing Hyde Park’s diverse community with an array of culinary and cultural offerings.
Tickets are priced at $25, admission to the event includes three food tickets, each redeemable for one tasting plate. Guests have the option to purchase additional food tickets for $5 each, allowing them to enjoy a sampling of each restaurant’s creation. The participant who sells the most plates of their signature dish will be crowned the Jollof Wars champion. A specialty cocktail pairing crafted by The Promontory’s Beverage Director Lisa Brown will also be available to purchase for $10. Limited tickets can be purchased here for $25.