Tukwila is an amazing community with an ever growing list of specialty restaurants to try. From different regions of Africa to the coasts of the Pacific Northwest, Tukwila offers something for everyone. The diversity of the city and surrounding areas provides a melting pot of restaurants, pop-up shops, and ghost kitchens providing much needed opportunities to new entrepreneurs and the hungry people looking to support them. With Seattle Restaurant Week around the corner, now is the perfect time to get out and experience something new near you! The following spots will be offering a special menu October 24th through November 6th.
Afella Jollof catering
Raised in Gambia, Adama Jammeh came to King County three years ago by way of St. Louis and Atlanta. She was long considered an exceptional cook by her community, who encouraged her to seek bigger opportunities. Here in the Seattle area, Adama and her sister Oumie Sallah have been able to expand their culinary skills and offerings, founding Afella Jollof Catering. After joining Spice Bridge Food Hall last year, they have offered their mouthwatering Gambian-Senegalese cuisine at farmers markets, pop-ups, and catered events.
Since she was a young girl growing up in Afghanistan, Nasrin Noori loved being in the kitchen, where she would challenge herself to craft delicious meals from limited ingredients. Nasrin moved to the U.S. with her family at age 11, and by the time she was a teenager, relatives and friends knew how creative she was in the kitchen. They enlisted her help cooking for big events, and Nasrin was also responsible for preparing dinners for her family of 10. In her late teens, Nasrin became interested in nutrition and started learning about the U.S. food system and the benefits of organic foods. She got certified as a health coach, and eventually opened Jazze’s to offer healthy Afghan fusion food prepared with organic, local ingredients.
Mwana Moyo and Batulo Nuh each make up one half of Moyo Kitchen. Mwana originally hails from Tanzania. Batulo, a Somali, was raised in Kenya. Here in King County, they bonded over their shared love of food, cooking, and celebrations. The two neighbors have used both their similarities and differences to create a unique combination of authentic East African food at Moyo Kitchen. Dedicated to their craft of cooking and to their community, Mwana and Batulo also work as a caregiver and a social services case manager, respectively. Although Mwana has previously provided small-scale catering, Food Innovation Network’s Food Business Incubator is helping to scale Moyo Kitchen, which will continue to offer catering while finding a new home at Spice Bridge Food Hall.
Rendition at Hotel Interurban is a sophisticated and welcoming urban hangout – full of laid-back Seattle Southside energy. Experience its renditions of classic American cuisine that highlight the bounty of the Pacific Northwest and unique offerings from independent producers, whether it be in its contemporary dining room featuring trailing foliage and conversation sparking artwork, or the chic outdoor patio with warm firepits and twinkling lights. Listen to the sounds of today's best future jazz, soul, and R&B as it sets the mood for the perfect first date or night away from the kids.
Taste of the Congo
Taste of Congo owner Caroline Musitu joined the Food Innovation Network’s Food Business Incubator in 2018, and has grown her business at pop-ups, catering events, and FIN’s Taste Around the Globe booth at farmers markets. Originally from the Congolese city of Kinshasa, Caroline grew up helping her mother cater weddings, parties, and church meetups. Several years ago, Caroline fled an armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and started a new life in South King County. Realizing there were no Congolese food businesses in our region, she launched Taste of Congo to share her home country’s unique flavors with her new community.
When it comes to community and big flavor, Tukwila has it all. Experience our community and these amazing shops during Seattle Restaurant Week running October 24th through November 6th. Complete details, menus and information can be found at WWW.SRWEEK.ORG.