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Underground Dinner with Chow Club Atlanta

  • Ponce City Market 675 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA, 30308 United States (map)
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This year, MODA has partnered with Ponce City Market to present four events that take place at the intersection of food and design.

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On October 15, we’re teaming up for dinner with Chow Club Atlanta: a monthly, underground dining experience that showcases immigrant chefs from across the world.

We’ll be eating Nigerian food cooked by Chef Wellington Onyenwe who apprenticed with the German chef Thomas Schaefer and has cooked at Chez Panisse (Berkley), Yoshi's (Oakland), L'Ermitage Five Star Hotel (Beverly Hills) and with private catering companies.

Now in Atlanta, he showcases his talents through his own catering company, Shamiso Foods. Shamiso [shah-mee-soh] comes from the Shona people of Africa and means "A Great Surprise!" By combining Italian, North American, West African and French cuisines, Chef Onyenwe brings a little shamiso to each dish he creates.

About Chow Club

Started in 2017 by Yohana Solomon and Amanda Plumb, who found that Solomon’s pop-up Underground Market could do more to highlight immigrant entrepreneurs, Chow Club has featured cuisines from nations like Hungary, Ethiopia, The Philippines, Ghana, Antigua, and Syria.

Join Us for Dinner!

The price of registration is $75/person, which includes a pre-dinner cocktail and dinner itself. Attendees are welcome to BYOB for the dinner.

  • 6:30pm Arrive and enjoy a cocktail provided by a Ponce City Market merchant

  • 7:00pm We’ll sit down for dinner. Feel free to bring wine or beer to enjoy with the food

This event will be taking place at The Plaza at Ponce City Market, located along the Beltline and accessible via North Avenue. (Check the map below for more information about the location and parking.) Seating is limited, so reserve your spot now!

Check Out the Menu!

Agege Sliders

Sweet Black Molasses Rub (SBM) is a new phenomenon sweeping the Nigerian street food market. The sibling to Yaji Spice (or Suya Pepper Mix), this special crafted blend of fine indigenous spices is used to bring any food item to life with a true authentic West-African flavor twist. Ground Beef (or black bean burger as a vegan option) is mixed carefully with our very own SBM rub, flame-broiled and finished with a nice smoke to activate the molasses flavor and coloring to give it that extra edge. It is served on fresh, oven baked Nigerian Agege bread that is then grilled to give it an extra layer of crisp and accompanied by a sauce reduction made from the SBM spice inside the burger. 

 Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Sliders


Based on an old Yoruba legend, Ayamase means “wife of Mase.” In the story, Mrs Mase cooks this stew to impress her lover (not Mr. Mase). This version slow cooked to slight crunchiness and comprised of hand-picked peppers, onions and tomatoes rubbed with sea salt, curry and traditional spices; it is lightly sautéed in palm oil. The sauce can be folded with eggs, served with yams or eaten with various dishes. Today, it will be paired with the Jollof rice

Jollof Rice

 There are over 300 different ethnic groups in Nigeria, each with their own distinct cuisine. Some cuisines crossover different groups, but are prepared differently from village to village, region to region. This popular rice dish can be found most anywhere and enjoyed at home, parties or in street vendors (also known as mamaputs or bukkas). It begins with a blend of fried and then stewed tomatoes, Nigerian spices and herbs, and various peppers reduced to a puree.  Traditionally cooked over an open flame, the ingredients are simmered with the rice. 

Grilled & Smoked Chicken Suya 

In Nigeria, suya (a grilled kebab) has been a popular street food favorite for decades. You’ll find the mai suyas (kebab chefs) roasting and smoking meats and vegetables over wood blends. To flavor the meat, they coat it in yaji (suya spice), a blend of Nigerian spices that give the kebabs a smoky, nutty, spicy flavor.  The recipes for these spice blends are revered and passed down from generation to generation through oral tradition.The kebabs will be served the traditional way, with raw onions and suya spice.

Dietary Info: Contains Nuts and Nut Products

Vegan option: Substitute chicken for pepper and onions


Puff puff is a popular West African street snack made from wholesome ingredients that yield the sweetest delight. Imagine French beignet and Italian zeppole, have a love child! The taste is of a simple freshly fried sugar dough with hints of various fall spices. This dessert will be served with powdered sugar, a dollop of chocolate hazelnut and a drizzle of burnt butterscotch sauce!

Dietary Info: Contains gluten. Vegan option: Gluten free substitute with no sauces

Zobo Drink

Zobo Drink is a Nigerian beverage made from dried Roselle (Hibiscus) plant flowers served at cold. It boasts many health benefits such as having, huge amounts of vitamin C and having antioxidant and antibacterial properties. This naturally sweet drink has a nice mild tangy flavor with a hint of pineapple and ginger. This drink will leave you coming back for seconds

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Later Event: December 8
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