When's The Next Chop, Chat, Chill?

So we’ve heard the whispers and we know some of you are wondering,when’s the next  Chuku’s pop-up in 2019? This post from Emeka and Ifeyinwa gives you the answer.

Before we tell you what we’ve got cooking for this year (yes, pun intended), let’s go back and recap what happened at the end of last year. Let’s start with the summer - we set up a temporary home in Hackney and we chop-chat-chilled all summer long with our pop-up at Nest.

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And we were interviewed by Grass-fields, an African fashion brand, founded by actual twin siblings. Watch the video here to find out why it’s one of our favourite interviews and hear Ifeyinwa explain her theory on how we’re not biological twins but we’re twins still. (She really believes it!)

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To celebrate the end of the season, we invited some of our Chop-Chat-Chillers down to brunch with us before we closed.

Squad goals!

Squad goals!

Getting FOMO? Don’t worry, we’ve got more of these events planned for our Chuku’s family members. So keep an eye on your inbox for your invite.

 

We were finalists for Family Business of the Year in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards in 2018. And what better way to celebrate than with our mum and dad.

Then Emeka decided to chill out (literally!) by jumping into the deep end at Hyde Park’s Serpentine for a casual mile swim in open water.

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But Ifeyinwa stayed on dry land and celebrated her own achievement with the opening of her debut play at Hampstead Theatre. We’ve previously had the joy of chatting with writers Inua Ellams and Chibundu Onuzo for the blog, so, maybe we’ll be interviewing her next.

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Honouring the Chuku’s community spirit, inspired by the story of the last kitchen porter we worked with, who was homeless, Emeka raised over £1,500 to tackle youth homelessness with Centrepoint taking part in their sleepout.

And then we were separated, for the longest time since we started Chuku’s. Emeka went to Nigeria  to explore further the roots of our food heritage - travelling all over Lagos and to Kano, the oldest city in West Africa, in the North. For more from the trip, check out our highlights on Instagram.

Mixed spices for pepper soup seasoning - hot!

Mixed spices for pepper soup seasoning - hot!

Whilst Ifeyinwa put her French to good use and went to explore another part of West Africa – Senegal.

Senegal’s famous pink lake

Senegal’s famous pink lake

 And three weeks later – just in time for Christmas – we were reunited!

So what’ve we been up to since? Well, the property hunt continues. We’ve see the good, the bad and the ugly but our faith and persistence might just be paying off.

The ugly!

The ugly!

We’ve been developing our menu further to create a new range of Chuku’s dishes. Don’t worry, your old favourites will still be there!

And we’ve been doing what would make any Nigerian parent proud - “facing our books”. To deliver you the best Chuku’s possible we’ve been reading up on everything from leadership to Yoruba cooking. 

So, now that you’re up-to-date, let’s look to the future. We don’t believe in making oodles of New Year’s resolutions or setting lots of goals. To paraphrase Burna Boy, we can’t come and kill ourselves. But we do have one. And we’re sure you can guess what it is…

 

Opening our first permanent home. So to answer your question – we’re hoping there won’t be another pop-up this year. And without saying too much we’ve lots of reasons to be positive and hopefully it won’t be long till you see us doing our kitchen dance, in our new place – and you’ll be joining in with us!

(This is from our very first pop-up, if you remember this, you’re a Chuku’s veteran for true)

(This is from our very first pop-up, if you remember this, you’re a Chuku’s veteran for true)

As ever, we’ll be keeping your updating and sharing the journey with you on our Instagram Story.