DC Celeb Chef Carla Hall designing menu for 2nd annual African Art Awards Dinner

- The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is hosting the second-annual African Art Awards Dinner on October 27.

It is a black-tie gala and will celebrate the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa. The event will feature artists, speakers, and honorees, including Top Chef Carla Hall, who hosts talk show “The Chew.”

The DC-area celebrity chef is designing the menu and food for the event. This year’s theme is “inspire, honor and include.”

“I designed the menu, I worked with the caterers with my recipes. It is really an honor to be a part of this, to be one of the artists, one of the female artists because of the Culinary Arts," says Hall.

She says she was inspired by her own ancestry for the night’s menu.

“I’ve had my DNA done through African Ancestry and I took my DNA and looked the influences from my West Africa and through some of those influences and also through the influence of growing up in Nashville, Tenn. and that’s what this dinner is for me,” says Hall.

Hall says she’ll be serving a Callaloo Soup as part of the hors d'oeuvres with coconut and chicken. There will also be Peri Peri chicken with peanut sauce on the menu as well as a Johnnycake that is inspired by a Ghanaian plantain corn cake called a kaklo, and will be served with a fish pepper pot.

Ghada Amer is an Egyptian artist and will be honored at the gala, as well as South African artist Mary Sibande.

The Smithsonian says that at this year’s event “we will recognize the powerful contributions of women who are changing the way our global community experiences the arts.”

The event is sold-out.

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