African Theme at Natural History Museum

When a luxury furniture design company approached us to cater their Awards Gala Dinner at The Natural History Museum, they expressed how much they love the diorama backdrops in the halls…especially the African Mammal Hall which features a majestic African elephant dramatically towering over his domain.  Using this scene as inspiration, we decided to incorporate cuisine from the four corners of Africa in our menu design.  

Natural woven linens, copper chargers, natural wood chairs and centerpieces of rustic bamboo and natural grasses accented the colors and themes of the African dioramas.

Waiters dressed as Safari guides complete with pith hats greeted guests in the Rotunda with Pan African small bite delicacies. 

African dancers dressed in colorful costumes entertained guests as they moved on to the main event… an elegant sit-down plated dinner.

While not all of the guests left the gala with an award – everyone left feeling they had a winning culinary experience.  

African Theme Menu

Tray-Passed Hors D’oeuvres In the Rotunda

Served by Waiters in Safari Dress –Khaki Pants, White Polo Shirt, Pith Helmet

 

Flash Fried Pampoenkoekies (Pumpkin Fritters) with Spicy Mango Salsa

 

Moroccan Scented Grilled Meatballs

Paprika, Garlic, Onion, Mint, and Cool Yogurt

 

Cucumber Cones with Spicy Dungeness Crab Salad, Saffron Crème

 

Durban Samosas 

Curried Potato & Pea Pastry Triangles , Mango Atchar

 

Curried Coconut Chicken Salad in Phyllo Cups

 
Sit-Down Plated Dinner In the African Mammal Hall

 

First Course

 

Roasted Beet and Orange Salad

Medjool Dates, Feta Cheese, Toasted Marcona Almonds,

Pomegranate Molasses and Honey Dressing

 

Main Course

 

Moroccan Chicken Tagine

 Braised Chicken with Saffron, Preserved Lemon, Garlic, and Olives

 

Steamed Citrus Cous Cous

 

Oven Baked Sea Bass in Aromatic Chermoula Sauce

 

Baked Potatoes, Bell Peppers and Tomatoes

 

Vegetarian Option

 

Vegetable Barley Cous Cous

Squash, Cabbage, Turnips, Chick Peas, Almonds and Fiery Harissa Spice Mix

 

Dessert

 

Malva Pudding

Spongy Apricot Pudding with Cardamom

 

Fig and Sesame Tart

 

Cardamom and Orange Cream