African dishes takes center stage

A sample of dishes from African Restaurant Week

City Heights will celebrate African Restaurant Week Oct. 19th through Oct. 28th. The event is being hosted by a variety of African restaurants (including Awash, Asmara, Fatuma, & Red Sea)  to showcase and promote African businesses and culture in the area. Similar to San Diego Restaurant Week, participating businesses will create a special menu featuring an appetizer, main course and dessert.

Why an African Restaurant Week?

With a scattering of Ethiopian, Kenyan, Eritrean and Somali restaurants in the area, the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement District partnered with the Horn of Africa, International Rescue Committee, City Heights CDC and the WorldBeat Cultural Center in an effort to shed a positive light on San Diego’s African community.

The World Beat Center in Balboa Park will kick off the celebration Oct. 19 with a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony and drum call at 6:30 p.m., followed by an Ethiopian beer and wine tasting, and a ‘Taste of African Cuisine’ from each participating restaurant.  The chef at the World Beat Center will host a free African vegetarian food cooking class, and the night will culminate with a fantastic array of African music.

The fun continues for the next several days as various restaurants in City Heights host free cooking classes on weeknights, as well as African dance and music on the weekends.

For more information, contact Beryl Forman (aka Ms. Boulevard) of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association at or (619) 283-3608.