African Theme Party 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 for their African theme party.

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




Malva Pudding

Spongy Apricot Pudding with Cardamom


Fig and Sesame Tart


Cardamom and Orange Cream