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Senegalese Summer Giveaway – NYC

June 17, 2010 | 9 Comments


I get emails from PR people all the time about events around the city. A lot of times the events are lame, but this one sounded pretty cool. Pierre Thiam, the chef and owner of Le Grand Dakar in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn is having a viewing party called Senegalese Summer next Thursday (June 24, 2010) for his battle with Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America. Not into Iron Chef? Well that’s okay, because there will also be food (such as shrimp & sweet potato croquettes, oven roasted dates stuffed with spiced lamb, black eyed pea fritters, and skewered grilled steak with ginger & peanut crust) and unlimited sangria. Still not convinced? Well, there will also be music. Jojo Kuo — a veteran jazz, Afro pop, and World drummer who has collaborated with Fela Kuti — will also be performing. (There’s a nice story about him and his collab with Fela on Lens, The New York Times‘ photography blog.)

Tickets are going for $25 advance/$30 at the door, but I have two tickets to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, write in the comments below your favorite Senegalese or West African dish. If you’ve never had either, simply write what you’d like to try. I’ll be picking one person at random. No heart-wrenching stories necessary. Giveaway will end on Monday (June 21, 2010) at noon. Good luck!

Update I (6/21/2010): The winner is “someguy.” Congratulations! Thanks everyone for participating!
Update II (6/21/2010): For those who missed out, Serious Eats: New York is giving away another pair of tickets. Good luck again!

Le Grand Dakar
285 Grand Avenue (b/n Clinton Place & Lafayette Ave; map)
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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  • shobun at 5:40 pm on June 17, 2010

    Okra stew is amazing

  • Eileen at 6:02 pm on June 17, 2010

    Appetizers speak much about the quality of the restaurant. (Plus you get to try more types since the portions are so small!)

    I would love to try the salmon cassava croquettes!!

  • someguy at 9:11 am on June 18, 2010

    Cool, never had Senegalese. Sounds like fun!

  • Danny at 10:03 am on June 18, 2010

    can i say black eyed peas fritters? (actually i’m not qualified to enter!)

  • someguy at 11:41 am on June 18, 2010

    BTW, this is my real email address.. :)
    Is Bobby Flay going to be there?

  • bionicgrrrl at 11:50 am on June 18, 2010

    @someguy – No, it’s just a viewing party, but Pierre Thiam will be.

  • Thomas at 3:30 pm on June 20, 2010

    Jollof Rice- yum!

  • someguy at 12:25 pm on June 21, 2010

    Are your serious??? Hoorah! :)

  • someguy at 12:34 pm on June 21, 2010

    I would like to try their exotic drinks, Caldou, and spicy lamb (if my stomach can take it). :)

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