When we first heard about Pop-Up Nairobi we really hoped it would stick around, and not just become a fleeting memory… Since we last checked in on Pop-Up Nairobi it has really blossomed! From humble beginnings of hoping to have enough interest for a Sunday Brunch once a month we can know savour the interesting creations throughout the month.
As people began requesting pop-ups at different events, Pop-Up Nairobi has grown into a mobile kitchen and employed staff that have recently graduated a soft skills program through Kito International in Kawangware. The plan is to have a 6 month training program, learning hands on skills with Pop-Up and to learn theory through a partnership with a hospitality school (they are currently looking for a partner) so the graduates can go on to build their own businesses or find employment in the hospitality industry.
Pop-Up Nairobi has been comfortably seated at the last two blankets and wine events offering fresh pies and cupcakes cooked on site in a Cookswell Jiko oven, and an imaginative twist on standard Kenyan fare. Ugali with beef stew and kachumbari is reimagined as an Ugali Arepa. Arepa is a traditional Venezualan and Colombian street food, made from maize meal, pan fried and stuffed with a choice of fillings. A Pop-Up arepa uses the same flour you use for ugali, pan fried then stuffed with shredded beef, kachumbari and cheese, or swap out the beef for an Argentinian style corn stew.
This week they are holding a Trivia Night to fundraise for an edutech start up, Tunapanda, in Nairobi, and Pop-Up will be doing the food: A Rice and Noodle bar where you choose your own adventure through the menu options. The event is booked out which means it may just become a regular event! But don’t worry, you can still check them out as Sunday Brunch is on this Sunday (17th) at Casual Bite Café in Westlands. The profits are funding a school for the under served in Joska.
We’ve heard Nicole of Pop-Up has been challenged to #100DaysofChapati by Teddy of Cookswell Jikos which can only end well! As we were chatting she had just made an Orange and Cinnamon Chapatti and drizzled honey over it, and on Sunday there will be a Coriander and Chilli Chappati with cumin fried eggs and avocado kachumbari.