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.
To start the new year & decade we introduce a new chef. Over three weekends this month (17, 24 & 31 January) Karen Chepkurui prepares a meal featuring a host of classic Kenyan dishes. Taught to cook by her grandmother in Mount Elgon, Karen has been perfecting her craft over subsequent years in Nairobi, in 2019 featuring in the The Kenya eCookbook: Beans & Cereals Edition, which explores the relationship between cooking and energy use. Karen's food takes influence from across Kenya, from the slopes of Mount Elgon to the Swahili coast, with it’s Indian and Arabic influences.
This month’s menu includes (for £12.50): pilau, chapati, sukuma wiki (greens) and kachumbari with either chicken stew, chicken pieces in a tomato & coriander based sauce, or ndengu (greengram stew) & samosa. Sides include dry fry mbuzi (goat) or samosas (deep-fried vegetable parcels). Explore the 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.