At Table: Food & Drink with Zeleke Belete
Sunday, September 23, 2018
World cuisine with Zeleke Belete of Zoma.
Four multi-course food events accompany our exhibition, At Table: Cleveland Culinaria, each planned by one of the participating culinary innovators. Attendees will enjoy a hearty array of small plates and craft cocktails, along with lively conversation with chefs, partnering visual artists and the Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, Damien McClendon, in an intimate gallery setting.
Explore the fascinating culture of Ethiopia, a highly diverse nation built on the foundations of ancient kingdoms, truly creating a melting pot of traditions from Africa as well as other continents.
ZELEKE BELETE | CLEVELAND CULINARIA CREATIVE GROUP
William Brouillard, ceramics
Matthew Pritchard, furniture
Joyce Morrow-Jones, fiber
Lari Jacobson, painting
Shayna Roth Pentecost, glass
Guest poet: Cleveland Heights poet laureate Damien McClendon will read a spoken variation on the event’s theme.
Cabbage stew, Lentil stew, Split pea stew, Mild beef stew, Mild Chicken stew, Ethiopian honey wine
AT TABLE: FOOD & DRINK RESERVATIONS
Ticketed reservations for each event ($55 food & drink; Heights Arts members $40 food & drink) will be available online, at the gallery, and by phone to 216.371.3457. The Heights Arts gallery is wheelchair accessible. Advance ticket purchase is necessary as space is limited.
I was born and raised in Ethiopia and moved to the United States in 2004. Before I joined the restaurant world, I ran a car service that allowed me the opportunity to try many different cuisines. In recent years, American eating habits have changed dramatically in terms of beliefs, weight management and the interest in trying something new. My family taught me how to cook both meat and vegetarian dishes tastefully and authentically. Unlike other international dining choices, Ethiopian food isn’t as popular. I work hard to bring customers who have never tried Ethiopian food before a unique experience and for those who have tried it before, I try to prepare for them the most authentic dishes.