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“My America” Book Talk and Dinner with Chef Kwame Onwuachi ’13

We welcome Chef Kwame Onwuachi—CIA grad, James Beard Award winner, acclaimed author, Food & Wine executive producer, and Top Chef all-star—at the CIA for our next special dining event! The evening begins with a wine reception in the Danny Kaye Theater where Chef Onwuachi will give a book talk about his latest best-selling cookbook, My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef. Then, you’re invited to join us for an exclusive dinner in American Bounty featuring his favorite dishes from the cookbook. Each ticket includes an autographed copy of the cookbook.

Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m., Danny Kaye Theater/American Bounty Restaurant

$150 prepaid, all-inclusive of talk, dinner, and autographed copy of cookbook

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Kwame Onwuachi in the CIA kitchen.

Please note that you’ll likely share your experience at a table with other guests.


Smoked Red Fish Rillettes
toasted brioche, whipped berbere cream cheese, Royal Ossetra caviar

Kanpachi Escovitch
avocado, carrot nage, puffed quinoa, cilantro

Truffle Braised Wagyu Short Rib
Thumbelina carrots, coconut rice and peas

Rainbow Cookie Panna Cotta
rainbow jam, almond dukkah, shaved chocolate

*Menu is subject to change

About the Book and the Chef

Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s debut cookbook, My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef, is a deeply personal tribute to the food handed down through his family and a celebration of Black culinary traditions. In the book, he shares the foods and flavors that have shaped his culinary journey, with recipes and traditions spanning from Nigeria to the Caribbean, the American south to the Bronx, and beyond.

Kwame Onwuachi is a James Beard Award-winning chef, who was raised in the Bronx, Nigeria, and Louisiana. A former contestant and now a recurring judge on Top Chef, he has been named Esquire’s Chef of the Year, one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs, and 30 Under 30 honoree by both Zagat and Forbes. He trained at The Culinary Institute of America and opened five restaurants before turning thirty.

*Cancellation Policy*

Cancel up to seven days in advance—No Penalty.
Cancel three–six days prior to the event—$25 per person penalty and the balance is returned in form of a CIA gift card.
Cancel 48 hours or no show to the event—No Refund.