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Chrismas, Weddings & Private Dining with African Vibrancy

Christmas is just around the corner, famously known as ‘the most wonderful time of the year!’ Let’s make it more wonderful with great food!

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Jollof Quinoa, Salmon with Grains of Paradise, Radish, Red Chicory & Kale Efo

Every day is a special day of celebration for someone and no celebration is complete without sumptuous food.

For passion on your plates at your special event, a romantic surprise, family gatherings, weddings and celebrations book our private dining experience.

Our goal is to make you happy by delivering an experience with healthy, vibrant and delicious food for all diets including vegan and vegetarian feasts that will keep you not only nourished but delighted, inspired and utterly spoilt.

A bespoke menu with the best seasonal produce will be curated to suit your needs. Matching wines from respected vineyards in South Africa to the new delightful wines of Morocco and beyond can be matched to your menu. Your experience can also include cookery classes, demonstrations as well as entertainment with vibrant African drummers and dancers to light up your party.

We have worked with prestigious brands such as Miele, Visit Brighton, Soho House Group, Divine Chocolate amongst others and many of our personal clients book weddings and celebrations after attending our public events and also as a result of referrals. Both our old and new clients are treated as family and looked after with utmost consideration and attention.

To discuss more please send an email telling us about your occasion, the estimated number of people, date, and location and we will take care of the rest. bespoke@leratolovesfood.com

Weddings & Celebrations

A wholesome feast, fit for your special day.

Your wedding is your big day and our big day to ensure your celebration is filled with passion on a plate. If you love family style gatherings and sharing plates with bold flavours you are in the right place.

The menu is always seasonal and will be tailored to include your favourite foods including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options for your party. A menu tasting will be organised in order to taste and tweak the menu to your best choice.

Enjoy your big day while we feed you and your guests and clean up for the day. At our wedding we barely ate and by the end of the day I ordered a fat burger from the hotel.

Your wedding is a very busy day for you and just in case you do not get enough time to eat as much as you would have liked to, the complete menu will be packaged and cooked for you to eat afterward or to take home.

To book your celebratory feast, please download and complete the form below and return to bespoke@leratolovesfood.com

Lerato Wedding & Celebration Enquiry Form


Reviews

Click here for more reviews and press features

Thanks for a magical evening filled delicious food and African drumming and dancing! Superb!

Shanti Anan at Immersive Dinner & Dance in Shoreditch House London

“We had the absolute joy of eating Lerato’s food at a Supper club in Brighton – what an experience! The food was absolutely like nothing we’ve ever had before, beautiful ingredients served in creative ways, so flavoursome and filling! A highlight for us was the fact that it was all vegan friendly and any substitutions made were made just as thoughtfully as anyone else’s meal. The vegan chocolate cake pudding was just absolute magic!! Apart from the food being literally one of the best meals we’re ever had, the whole set up was beautiful. Sitting round a table sharing food together, meeting new people and best of all, having the chef herself come and join us in between cooking chatting and telling us about her food, the inspirations etc. Thank you for such a fantastic evening, you’ve inspired us to have a go at making more African inspired food at home! Can’t recommend enough xxxx”

Antigone from Brighton

My feature in Elite Living Africa Magazine

I am thrilled to be featured in this stunning magazine, Elite Living Africa, where I discuss my African Food Revolution with my supper clubs, catering and private dining events.

It is just twelve months since I started serving my passion on plates in the UK, and it has been the most exciting journey, one that I fall in love with more each day!

Thanks to Elite Living Africa and Black Pepper Pr and thank you all for your support. I couldn’t and can’t do it without you.

I thoroughly enjoy interviews like these because they force me to remember a lot about myself, how I started, how I felt at the time and how far I have come, giving me a great opportunity to share my story with others.

I can’t wait to see the hard copy. The magazine is distributed in yacht or polo clubs in Africa, private jet and VIP airport lounges, British Airways, Heathrow VIP Windsor Suite, Emirates and South African Airways First Class lounges in Africa, and hotels across the continent.

The digital version is available here: http://www.elitelivingafrica.com/current-issue

If you enjoy the read, please share your thoughts in the comment section below or tag me on social media if you get a copy. Instagram @lerato_tomato , Twitter @leratotomato , or Facebook @Lerato I’d love to know what you all think. In the meantime feast on all the photos of supper clubs and events, have hosted all summer with lots more to come.

Felabration Supper Club At Prince Of Peckham with Lerato

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Prince of Peckham

Date: 3rd October 2017

Time: 7.30pm

Click here to buy tickets: £35

I am thrilled to be invited to host a grand supper club at the uber cool Prince of Peckham. This celebration of African vibrancy and explosion of flavours is inspired by West African culture, especially imbibed in the likes of Afrobeat king, ‘Fela Anikulapo Kuti‘. Like his music, African food and culture has deeply influenced our world, in many ways than one, from music, fashion and food. This October, in the month of his birth, join us as we feast and dance to energic African vibrations. I will be cooking and dancing too!

Limited seats are available and you can join us by booking your tickets here.

See you at the table!

Menu

Shakara Akara

Plantain fritters with roasted Pepper Purée

Akara is a sumptuous West African street food made from black eyed beans. The yoruba women who sell them are known to call out, ‘Akaraje Akaraje! “Come and eat Akara”. Shakara in pidgin English is ‘to show off’. This version made with plantains, red chicory, black eyed beans & sweetcorn is both sumptuous and seasonal.

‘Chop Chop’ Chicken

Twice cooked chicken; roasted in mango & pepper puree, then smoked to finish.

Party Rice

Fried rice with turmeric, the season’s best heritage carrots & green beans. A Lagos party isn’t a party without jollof or fried rice.

Onyibo Efo

Braised kale with mixed peppers and roasted shallots inspired by the Yoruba Efo typically made with scotch bonnets, wild spinach & African spice. Onyibo as mentioned in Fela’s 1975 track, ‘Mr Grammartologylisationalism Is the Boss’, means ‘white or light skinned person’. My parents call me ‘oyinbo’. A rather embarrassing nickname!

African ’Zobo’ Clementine

Poached clementine in hibiscus flower syrup

Vibrant, zesty & sweet with bitter West African dark chocolate. Not only inspired by the bitter sweet truths of Fela’s fight with his music, but also by Clement of Prince of Peckham.

Banana Fritters, Spiced Chocolate with Grains of Paradise

Sumptuous dessert from the bustling streets of Lagos paired with West African fair-trade cocoa

Rums and cocktails which POP are notorious for, as well as other drinks, will available to purchase at the bar.

Terms & Conditions

Tickets are non-refundable but transferable to a person of choice. Please specify any allergies, intolerance or and dietary requirements and we will do our best to look after you.

New: Cookery Classes in London & Sussex

2017 Cookery Classes

EASTBOURNE: A MOROCCAN FEAST AT HOME / A VEGETARIAN MOROCCAN FEAST AT HOME / FISH FEAST
LONDON: /tba

Join me in my kitchen for a culinary adventure as I share my secrets to sumptuous feasts from Africa and beyond that you can easily recreate at home. My supper clubs are popular for the vibrant feasts I serve and inspiration behind each recipe.

At my cookery class, you will be inspired to use spices, seasonal vegetables and fruits to elevate your meals and turn your gatherings into glorious feasts.

After cooking, you will sit to enjoy your meal with specially selected wine. Any home-made spice mix will be elegantly packed to take home along with recipe sheets.

Limited spaces are available with a maximum of 6 people to ensure a bespoke session. The address will be revealed via email once booking is confirmed. Write to me or book below and send me a request with your preferred date and requirements to lerato@leratolovesfood.com

Private, Corporate Events & Gifts

My cookery classes and events are a special treat and can make for the perfect presents. You can book a single cookery class for yourself, as a gift for friends, family or for a group of up to six. For corporate events, a larger venue can be arranged. Write to me stating your requirements and a voucher will be provided for your gift purchase.

See more here: https://leratolovesfood.com/cookeryclass/

New Recipe: Strawberries and Tomatoes with Scotch Bonnet Balsamic Vinaigrette as seen at Shoreditch House & on The BBC

Sweet and tart strawberries and tomatoes are jewels of the summer season. Perfect as they are, ripened and plump, they can be transformed with a sweet and spicy scotch bonnet vinaigrette for a light summer lunch or as an accompaniment to a grand feast.

Before you gasp and choke on your tomatoes, this isn’t a recipe suggesting you eat a scotch bonnet. This is a great way to ease into using these ‘frightening’ peppers and bringing a taste of Africa into everyday cooking. I love using them not just for their heat but for the fruity and complex flavours that can be derived from different methods of cooking.

I shared this recipe on the BBC ‘Cook On The Books Show’ on BBC Sussex & Surrey, where I am lucky to be invited ever so often. See facebook live video here.

The first time I made this salad was three years ago for a Menswear fashion press dinner. This was also soon after I started supper clubs in Nigeria.

I remember the addition of strawberries was rather unique to many guests especially as strawberries are not typical in the West African diet. When not imported, they are grown as special produce in the geographically unique city of Jos, in the middle belt of the country. Like the Isle of Wight of England with temperate conditions, this is also where the best tomatoes are grown.

My favourite thing about this combination is the striking balance of flavours. The sweetness and tartness of the fruits, the acidity of the balsamic, the sweet heat of the scotch bonnet with a dash of salt and pepper, married into a dish that makes perfect sense.

After a slight tingle on the lips, your taste buds will be filled with freshness, sweetness, and warmth. A very pleasant surprise. If you joined me at ‘Taste of Africa’, my demonstration and tasting session, sharing sumptuous African food at Shoreditch House in London, you know what I am talking about. This was different from my usual super club where I cook and food is served. At this event, we had a large table of food, some of which I had prepared in advance, others cooked in front of the guests, many of whom were happy to help with the cooking and most of all with the eating!

If you missed this event, you are in for a tingling surprise. I’ll be serving it at supper club this Saturday in Eastbourne, as a canapé in red chicory cups and at Shoreditch House again on 9th September.  If you have not, you can subscribe to my mailing list for special invitations. This time we will have African drummers and dancers to entertain us while we feast!

Cooking and feeding lovely guests at Taste of Africa in SHOREDITCH HOUSE, London

 

Happy people with happy tummies!

‘TASTE OF AFRICA’, Live demonstration and feast at Shoreditch House with strawberries, scotch bonnets, tomatoes, raspberries, moringa, chocolate, selim peppers, grains of paradise and suya West African nomad spices.

Everyone tucking in!

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Strawberries & Scotch Bonnets in oil

Try this delightful salad at home and make it your own with goats cheese, garlic croutons, crusty bread, your favourite green salad and or as a side to a roast, grill or a barbecue. I do love this with cod!

Let’s get cooking!

 

Strawberries and Tomatoes with Scotch Bonnet Balsamic Vinaigrette Vinaigrette

For the scotch bonnet vinaigrette

2 Medium Scotch Bonnet Peppers

120ml olive oil

80ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil

80ml Balsamic vinegar

½ tsp Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

For the Salad

400g Cherry Tomatoes

400g Strawberries

Basil leaves

Oregano

Recipe

  1. To make scotch bonnet vinaigrette, pour 120 ml of olive oil into a small sauce pan and place on low heat.
  2. Wash, cut the scotch bonnets and place into the oil, stir well to cover the peppers in oil.
  3. After 10 minutes or once the oil starts to bubble, press onto the peppers to release its seeds and stir gently. Take the saucepan off the heat, and allow the oil to cool completely.
  4. Once cooled, add 80ml of extra virgin olive oil, 80 ml of balsamic vinegar, half a teaspoon of salt and a generous measure of freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Pour into a jar, using a funnel for neatness, cover tightly and shake vigorously. If you have not got a jar, then take out the scotch bonnets from your saucepan and whisk thoroughly, returning the scotch bonnets into the vinaigrette afterward.
  6. Drizzle onto your salad and keep the remaining vinaigrette with the cooked scotch bonnets in a sterilized glass or jar with a tight lid and store in the refrigerator for up to a week. (There is a lot of advice on sterilizing jars online, and please refer to the instructions of the jar company of your choice.)

To assemble the salad

  1. Wash your fruits separately and thoroughly in order to get rid of soil residue usually present on strawberries. I usually place them in a colander and wash under cold running water.
  2. Cut the tomatoes and strawberries into quarters and place into a wide bowl.
  3. Pour the dressing onto the fruits and toss to coat properly.
  4. Wash the basil and oregano leaves, tear roughly and add into your tossed fruits.
  5. Serve with your choice of bread or salad greens.

Cook’s Tip: Use bird’s eye chilli if scotch bonnets are difficult to find. I usually serve this with chicory, for it bitter-sweetness and crunch. The sweet, tart and spicy flavours of the salad also work wonderfully with roasts and a variety of other salad such as avocado and cucumbers. This is a vibrant salad that you can make your own!

If you have tried this recipe, please share in the comment box below, your thoughts, special tweaks and your favourite accompaniment for it. You can also tag me on social media including #leratolovesfood

Lerato x

Taste of Africa with Lerato at Shoreditch House, 16th Aug

This has been quite an enjoyable summer of events and I am thrilled to be able to share my contemporary African recipes at supper clubs and cookery demonstrations around the country.

My event at Soho House in july was magical, in the charming townhouse of the exclusive member’s club on Dean Street. If you missed this, fret not as I will be back, but this time at Shoreditch House serving a wonderdul feast called, ‘Taste of Africa’.

At taste of Africa, I will be sharing the secrets of vibrant African cooking with my tips on using spices, chocolate and African supper foods such as scotch bonnets, selim peppers, grains of paradise, chocolate and moringa.

There will be demonstrations and a sumptuous lunch to go with it.

As Soho & Shoreditch House are members only, tickets are not open to the public. I have reserved a few seats for my special guests, those who have attended my supper clubs and those on the mailing list.

If you will like to join us tomorrow or for future events, do subscribe to my mailing list for news, special invitations and monthly giveaways. If you are a member of Soho House, you can book to attend this event.

See you there!

Lerato x

Menu

Strawberry & Tomato Salad with Scotch Bonnet Balsamic

Roasted Plantains with Suya Spiced Roasted Aubergines, Shallots & Vine Tomatoes & Moringa

Suya Chicken with selim peppers & Peanuts

Banana Fritters, Chocolate Sauce with Grains of Paradise (Using fair trade West African cocoa )

Taste of Africa at Shoreditch House : 1pm – 2.30pm

See here for more about my events, private dining & cookery classes

African Summer Nights in Brighton

AFRICAN SUMMER NIGHTS at COMMON on Gardner Street, Brighton

This summer has been joyous with lots of sunshine and feasting and I have especially enjoyed my supper clubs in seaside Sussex. Supper clubs are not as popular here as they are in London. 1 in 20 of my guests will have never been to a supper club while 4 out of 20 in London will have been to one. Still a rather mysterious gathering amongst many, those who finally experience it, come back time and time again.

In my quest to keep my supper club enjoyable and inspired I forge wonderful alliances and collaborations with amazing brands, food producers, restaurants, personalities, and events.

In August, I will be serving a contemporary African menu at AFRICAN SUMMER NIGHTS at the charming Brighton restaurant, COMMON. I fell in love with COMMON because of their passion for provenance. A passion which we both share and will be putting on a plate for you all to enjoy!

I enjoy every minute spent dreaming up and planning the perfect seasonal menu, and hosting on the big day.  I look forward to hosting some old and more new faces and sharing food stories and experiences as we share food on the table. See the menu above and tickets are available to BOOK HERE

 

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Photograph for Lerato’s Supper Club, London by Joy Ogude Photography

 

For more about my other events, private events or collaborations contact me on lerato@leratolovesfood.com

MAN FOODS with Lerato at Soho House

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This Sunday 25th June, I will be hosting the first in a series of talk and taste sessions celebrating all things delicious, and as always with a flourish of African spice.

Soho House theme this June is ‘HIM’ inspiring my talk titled, ‘Man Foods’. We will explore several ideas behind what we think men want to eat, what men eat, and a man’s place or lack of one in the kitchen.

Soho House is quite the charming global private member’s club and it is such a delight to share with members and guests what I love most of all, great food!

I am looking forward to taking over the open plan kitchen and sharing some of my favourite recipes that will help us think about just what we mean by ‘Man food!’

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Soho House

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If you will like to join us tomorrow or for future events, do subscribe to my website and on my Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, tag a friend you will like to bring along or retweet for a chance to grab two free seats! And if you are a member of Soho House, you can book to attend this event for free.

See you there!

Lerato x

See here for more about my events such as African Summer Roast & supper clubs

African Summer Roast featured in Time Out London

“11 non-naff ways to celebrate Father’s Day in London” by TimeOut London 

What a delight it was to wake up to a feature of my monthly African Roast in TimeOut London. The word ‘non-naff’ got me bursting with laughter! Read more about it here: https://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/11-non-naff-ways-to-celebrate-fathers-day-in-london

More about my events in London & Brighton.

YOGA BEACH BRUNCH with Eva & Lerato

 

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Roasted Aubergines & Vine Tomatoes with Tumeric, Smoked Paprika

Holywell yoga beach brunch

Holywell Beach in East Sussex

Booking now: June 17th, 9.30am – 11am.

More dates to come 

Coming soon; August 19th – Yoga Brunch in a Yurt.

Join us for an exhilarating day of yoga with a delightful brunch all set on the shores of beautiful Holywell beach on the South Downs in East Sussex.

I am thrilled to be collaborating with my yoga instructor, Eva for a summer of wellness of the mind and body at our Yoga Beach Brunch.

With over ten years experience as a certified yoga instructor, Eva Kristova of the popular Yoga Life in Eastbourne, will lead our yoga session with her usual grace and positivity. After our class, we will enjoy a healthy brunch which I will prepare with lots of love to refresh and replenish with a healthy sweet treat to end a delightful morning.

Holywell Beach also known as Holywell retreat is a quaint beach located on the western end of the Eastbourne promenade. It is a peaceful spot for yoga and is recommended by the Marine Conservation Society in the Good Beach Guide.

I look forward to our class and brunch. This class is suitable for everyone so don’t miss it!

See you on the beach and grab your tickets here: 

https://www.wefifo.com/event/122674450790509/yoga-beach-brunch-with-eva–lerato

 

YOGA BEACH BRUNCH MENU

Grab your yoga mats/picnic blankets and join us for a beautiful spread. You can also bring your favourite treats and superfoods to add to the menu.

REFRESH
with Homemade Hibiscus Flower Mocktail with & Summer Berries

REPLENISH
with Coconut Quinoa, Roasted Aubergines & Plantains, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

A SWEET TREAT TO FINISH
Chocolate Banana Muffins with Date Purée & Almonds
(Made with fair trade African Cocoa & North African Medjool dates.)

Please state any dietary requirements or allergies and I will do my best to look after your needs. Menu can be changed due to seasonal availability, but will always be healthy and fresh, using the best ingredients.