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Asempe Kitchen is a catering, pop-up, and Culinary Experience company that specializes in providing great vegan and vegetarian options to traditional West African cuisine and unique Culinary Experiences.

WE ARE HIRING 2 KITCHEN ASSISTANTS

HOURS ARE:

WEDNESDAY 3-8 AT THE TRUMANSBURG FARMERS MARKET

SATURDAY 8-4 AT THE ITHACA FARMERS MARKET

SUNDAY 8 TO 4 AT THE ITHACA FARMERS MARKET

OTHER HOURS WILL BECOME AVAILABLE AS ASEMPE KITCHEN TAKES ON MORE JOBS

CALL 315-546-4545 TO APPLY

COME JOIN US TO SPREAD THE LOVE OF GOOD FOOD

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 Welcome! Welcome!

Asempe Kitchen as a concept was born in January 2012. Our owner and founder served a meal to a group of visiting scholars at Mills College in Oakland, CA, and while doing so was asked if she owned a restaurant. The seed was planted but it wasn't until October of 2016 when Chef Kuukua decided to take the plunge and launch her business. She launched in Ohio and later moved it to Central New York. 

Asempe means Curiosity in Fante which is Chef Kuukua's maternal grandmother's tongue. Asempe Kitchen uses food to encourage dialogue and curiosity about each other. We use Culinary Experiences, Cooking Classes, and Food Demonstrations, catering and pop-ups to begin important conversations about how best to create a just world.

We specialize in providing the very best gluten, soy, and dairy-free, vegan West African food. We use 7 natural ingredients or less in the majority of our dishes. We cook in canola-olive blend oil instead of the traditional palm oil. Our dishes are mildly spicy but we bring the spice to you in case you love having a spicier version of our dishes. 

We currently operate in Syracuse but will travel to other areas within 2 hours of Syracuse to serve clients for a fee. You can book us for any size event up to 100 people. We specialize in pop-ups, cooking demos and classes for up to 50 people, both children and adults.

Contact us at 315.546.4545 or by email asempekitchen@gmail.com

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Asempe Kitchen In the News

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"Chef Kuukua from Asempe Kitchen shared a preview of the delicious ‘Spicy Tropical Fruit Salad’ recipe expected to be served at the event." Read more ...

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“Chef Kuukua Yomekpe grew up in Ghana, and serves West African cuisine at Asempe Kitchen, her pop-up concept at The Hills Market Downtown and Platform Beer Co.” Read more…

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“The owner of Asempe Kitchen hopes to bring Ghanaian fare to prominence in the food industry” Read more ...

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“Sometimes, a seat at the table not only can provide an individual or group with a voice, but also bring people of different backgrounds and ideologies closer together.” Read more ...

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“…because Asempe’s house bread is presently available as a retail product seven days a week.”Read more ...

“If The Hills Market Downtown’s eternal wonderland of eating options in the back has grown tiresome, Asempe Kitchen has been shaking up its kitchen scene at the front of the house on Wednesdays.” Read more ...

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“After a few false starts, one woman’s vision of community and Ghanian cuisine may be headed for a standstill.” Read more ...

“Business First sat down with the chef and entrepreneur Kuukua Yomekpe recently for a Q&A.” Read more ...

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““I like people to be curious about other cultures, and to be curious about other cultures is to try their food,” Yomekpe says.” Read more ...

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““Experts say every second, Americans collectively eat around 100 pounds of chocolate. Kuukua Yomekpe with Asempe Kitchen gives us a chocolatey recipe you can try.” Read more ...

“When we break bread with others/strangers, we begin to cross boundaries, which in turn creates a bond that removes ‘Other’ from our lexicon even if momentarily.”

- Chef Kuukua Yomekpe