- Vegan Trademark
December 9, 2023
American Vegan Center
There has been a longstanding debate about “the best jollof rice” among West Africans. This friendly dispute centers the richness of West African food and cultural pride.
Jollof rice is something of a national dish in Nigeria, Senegal, and Ghana. In the rest of West Africa, Jollof rice is the main sought-out dish at every party and event. What makes Jollof rice so unique is its multitude of flavors and distinct versions from each country. No Jollof rice is the same in West Africa! The recipe is always open to interpretation.
Watta Kesselly, a native of Liberia in West Africa, will demonstrate her veganized version of this popular dish that she so enjoyed growing up. Attendees will learn cooking tips and key vegan seasonings that are bound to replicate the cultural aesthetics of Jollof Rice. The Jollof will be paired with another West African staple food, plantains!
This is a must-attend cultural experience. Come share the love of Jollof!
Watta Kesselly began with American Vegan Society (AVS) as a food demonstrator at the American Vegan Center (AVC) in 2022 and was invited to join AVS staff as AVC Events and Cuisine Manager in Summer 2023. Watta is a food enthusiast who brings a wealth of knowledge about behavioral health, artistic creations, and teaching. Watta has a master’s degree in education from Temple University.