For our A NIGHT IN pop-up series, Chef Anya Peters evokes memories of family and abundance in her 3-course Jamaican food journey.
Chef Anya Peters is the founder of Kit an’ Kin, a Brooklyn-based culinary studio that documents and celebrates Caribbeanness through food and storytelling. To say we were excited to honor Caribbean food at the table would be an understatement. For our A NIGHT IN pop-up series, Chef Anya presented, Ovayard, a 3-course food journey inspired by the land her grandmother grew up in outside of Kingston, Jamaica.
She describes her grandmother’s home, Ovayard, as paradise on Earth.
Growing up, Sunday was the day of the Sabbath for Chef Anya and always included a big family feast. Peters recalls her grandmother making curry goat, steamed chicken, rice & peas, and gungo pea soup. Her A NIGHT IN menu paid homage to these Sunday celebrations.
For her main course, Chef Anya’s prepared a fricassee chicken, which is Peters’ mother’s favorite Sunday dish. She paired this chicken with plantain confit, coconut rice & peas and a refreshing & crisp cho cho slaw. The menu concluded with the dessert – a chilled corn custard with a passionfruit cocoa tea brittle.
The entire dining experience circulated around a theme that’s foundational to most of Chef Anya’s work: home. During a time of pandemic-induced lockdown, the concept of “home” seemed even more elusive.
Peters’ soft voice and calming nature carried sentiments of the same kind, and aligns with how she wants her food to be approached.
It’s safe to say that we felt exactly that.
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