Two Akron friends and business partners are once again cooking up authentic African Diaspora food as guest chefs this weekend at a pop-up restaurant in North Hill.
Jasmin Evans and Tameika Ginee are owners of the Hideaway Studio and Herbal Gift Shop off East Market Street in Akron and continue to dabble in food as they explore whether to venture into the restaurant business.
The pair are taking over the kitchen for one weekend at the NoHi Pop-Up in North Hill.
Evans grew up in Akron and eventually moved to Washington, where she learned to love Ethiopian and Trinidadian food by working catering jobs.
She has visited Trinidad three times and likes to sample local culinary scenes.
Ginee is from Warren originally but has called Akron home most of her life.
A love of gardening and living a healthy lifestyle made its way to her kitchen, where Ginee has spent the last 10 years honing her skills and refining vegan and vegetarian dishes.
The pair’s love of healthy and authentic food led to potlucks at their Hideaway Studio and Herbal Gift Shop.
The North Hill Community Development Corp. took over the kitchen of the former Mexico City Restaurant — before that the Office City Tavern — at 778 N. Main St. and once a week invites new, budding chefs and menus to take over the place and offer food for the weekend.
Hideaway Kitchen’s menu will includes main dishes like Curry Crab Legs in a garlic butter crab sauce served with talkari (squash) with aromatic spices and homemade slaw and spices.
The Bake and FGT is Trinidadian fried bread and fried green tomatoes topped with veggies, pineapple, slaw and signature sauces served with fires.
The third offering is Bake and Shark served with Trinidadian fried bread and battered and fried shark topped with veggies with pineapple slaw with a signature sauce.
The sides include an Okra Stew and Carolina Rice.
The Hideway Kitchen will be open for business for just one weekend from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, with all dishes to-go only amid the pandemic.
To order, call 234-231-1645 or visit www.northakroncdc.org/nohi as early as Wednesday.
Craig Webb can be reached at [email protected]