Zimbabwean Dinner

Please join us for dinner on Thursday August 11 for a buffet style Zimbabwean Dinner. We will enjoy plenty of indoor space with tables and chairs for dining, mingling, and having fun together. The dinner requires a separate ticket per person; it is not part of the University cafeteria meal plan. Tickets are available for advanced purchase; $12/person, $6/child aged 4-10, children 0-3 are free.

Head chef and owner of Fireworks Restaurant will cater this event for us. She is able and willing to work with our Zimbabwean helpers to be sure the meal is prepared with a true Zimbabwean taste.

Menu
Chicken stew
Rice and beans
Sadza
Roasted yams or squash
Greens

Sweet potato cookies
Ginger beer

Tomato relish and a peanut sauce for people to add if they wish.
The entire menu is gluten and dairy free.

Location
The dinner will be held off campus, at the "Church Building" where many workshops will be located. Directly across Monroe avenue, the church is within easy walking distance of Zimfest Village. 1165 NW Monroe Ave.


History of Cuisine
The cornmeal-based dietary staple of Zimbabwe is also the national dish, called sadza. Sadza to the Zimbabweans is like rice to the Chinese, or pasta to Italians. Sadza is made from cornmeal or maize, and eaten with relish. Relish can be any kind of vegetable stew, but nyama, (meat), such as beef or chicken, is common among families who can afford it. Sadza is cooked slowly until thick, like porridge.

In general, wooden plates and spoons are used along with Western utensils. In some rural areas, Zimbabweans eat with their fingers. When eating sadza, Zimbabweans clean their hands, then using their right hand, pinch off a chunk from the bowl and roll it into a ball in their palm. They dip the ball into relish and bite off a piece, then roll it again and continue the process.
Reference: http://www.foodbycountry.com/Spain-to-Zimbabwe-Cumulative-Index/Zimbabwe.html