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African Mamal Hall Dining
Safari Bar


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