Fact:“You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.”
Silly me caught off guard a couple of weeks ago while interviewing Chef Adjepong for African Restaurant Week at Taj Restaurant in New York City. Neither of us can figure out what we were laughing at; maybe it was because we were both doing work that we love. Or maybe it was because we realized the best moments are unplanned and uncensored. Whatever it is, I adore the vulnerability in this picture.
Anywho, I interviewed Chef Adjepong and his girlfriend, Decorator Janell Mack about their recent business venture, Pinch and Plate, a mobile dinner party service. The dynamic duo, combined their passions for food and design to launch a mobile dinner party service that removes the hassle of planning, decorating, and cooking for a dinner party.
Chef Adjepong, a first-generation Ghanaian-American, provides guests a plated multiple course or tasting menu, such as Jollof Rice Paella, a West African rice staple cooked with tiger prawn scallops, marinated short rib with broccoli miso purée or curried corn bisque. Mack handles those little nuances that help set every dinner party apart, such as the ambiance–table setting, floral design, lighting and more.
“We realized we had something special on our hands the day Janell asked me to create some dishes for a five-course brunch dinner party she wanted to host for some of her friends. Usually when I’m prepping I’m locked into whatever it is I’m doing in the kitchen, but I caught a glimpse of the finished table. When I looked at Janell the idea of actually making this into a thing came to mind. It took all of about 15 minutes before Janell, on the other end of the apartment, called my name and said ‘Babe! I think I have an idea.’ I already knew what and where she was going and, before she had a chance to talk, told her ‘Yup, I’m already there,’ says Adjepong.
Beyond offering personalized dinner party services, Pinch & Plate hosts their own dinner parties called Run Our Course. #RunOurCourse offers the same experience as the Pinch & Plate private dinner parties, but allows the couple to debut new dishes and decor ideas for future events.
Check out the full interview on Black Enterprise.com.