The Feature Kitchen is a weekend takeaway delivery service, working each month with different chefs and an exciting variety of cuisines, serving Lewes and the surrounding areas, and Brighton.
This month, on Fridays and Saturdays on the weekends of 10, 17 & 24 July, we welcome back original feature Genet. Genet is preparing a classic Ethiopian menu. Genet's food is extremely tasty, and has been fantastically well-received each time they have cooked for The Feature Kitchen.
Genet previously ran kitchens in Ethiopia and Kenya and has used the expertise gained since arriving in Brighton to cook voluntarily, for her daughter, family and friends and working towards getting catering qualifications. In 2016, with close friend Abeba, the idea was formed to one day form a food enterprise, specialising in exceptional Ethiopian food, and to ‘introduce people to our food and culture. For the family, for our kids’. They have steadily built a reputation for their incredible Ethiopian food by sold-out supper clubs and popular pop-up events in Brighton & Lewes.
This month’s menu includes (for £12.50): injera (or rice) with yeater kek alicha (split peas), misir wat (spicy red lentils), fasolia (green beans & carrots) & ya'abesha gomen (braised greens) with either a meat option: yebigir alicha (lamb) or shiro (chickpea paste) & keysir wat (potatoes & beetroot). Optional sides include doro wat (rich spicy red chicken), keysir wat (potatoes & beetroot) or shiro wot (paste chickpeas with spices). See the full menu here.
Each Friday, over each weekends, food is freshly prepared in a the Lewes Community Kitchen, packaged in containers. Then, it is delivered evenings (between 6pm-8pm) to houses around Brighton, Lewes and the surrounding areas, ready for simple reheating - on the stove or using a microwave. The menu consists of specially selected dishes (with meat & vegetarian/vegan options). See the menu here.
The Feature Kitchen was set-up by Jacob Fodio Todd, of The Groundnut, after an inspiring meeting with Genet & Abeba, who were looking to expand their Ethiopian food business, and Jane Lancashire , who helped organise their Lewes pop-up event. The feature kitchen has three main aims:
1) to boost the variety of weekend takeaway options in the local areas of operation by each month inviting different people to cook fresh dishes for home delivery.
2) to share the wealth of culinary knowledge - from all parts of the world - that exists in the local area
3) to act as a platform and springboard for talented cooks - especially to support those navigating the UK food industry or need help developing their business. The feature kitchen's aim is to invite different cooks from a variety of backgrounds to contribute their culinary skills to the kitchen project, so that Lewes and the surrounding areas have ever changing, and interesting, food options readily available.