Turning a Vision into Reality
For many years I would invite friends over to my parents home and they would relish over how they enjoyed my mother’s West African dishes even though they did not know much about the African culture itself. It wasn’t until the new era of social media was birthed and I began to share my volunteer experiences around the African continent to encourage my peers to travel abroad and learn more about African people that this idea of community dining began to formulate. Prior to curating TOA, I had attended other social food events that allowed me to both network and engage in fluid conversation among my peers. Many of these events were expensive and limited the attendees due to the exclusivity. I wanted to change the way people came together to not only eat but to dine with a charitable purpose and it had to be easily accessible to anyone who wanted a seat at our table. Since it’s inception, TOA has attracted individuals from all walks of life and continues to inspire a generation of hungry, curious, energetic, fashionable and philanthropic people who are helping to change the world one fork at a time.
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Making Dreams Come True
I've always enjoyed eating great African food and I love experimenting with recipes from my native country Guinea even more because I am always so thrilled to hear people say how much they enjoy eating my cooking. I never thought of myself as a chef, but I've always known that food would be in my line of work one day because of my connection to it. When I first saw the Facebook post about having an African dinner on Bintu's page, I was extremely excited because I knew what I could bring to the table as a food curator. I envisioned a collaborative partnership that would unite individuals from all over the world over culture, food, and fashion. I love this experience because we are in a position to give back to our community through donations and fundraising for organizations such as Strides for Guinea (SFG), which I am a co-founder of. SFG has a mission to revolutionize the public health system of Guinea by providing educational resources, promoting wellness, and raising awareness about environmental pollution. I love the fact that we get to not only bring people together, but also support local African restaurants, and businesses, fundraising, while enjoying traditional African dishes, and discovering new and exciting souls along the way!