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Advanced Screening of Parts Unknown: Ethiopia

By Marcus Samuelsson | October 14, 2015

Parts Unknown Ethiopia

Parts Unknown Ethiopia

I am thrilled at the opportunity that CNN, Food Republic, and Tadias Magazine have given me to highlight the behind the scenes moments of Anthony Bourdain’s episode of “Parts Unknown” featuring Ethiopia on Monday, October 19th at 7pm at Ginny’s Supper Club. The episode we filmed will air on CNN on October 25th, but this advanced screening on Monday will allow you all to join Maya and me in an informal setting as we watch the episode and engage in discussion following.

I’ve been a fan of Parts Unknown since it aired in 2013. I loved having the opportunity to show my good friend Tony around Ethiopia, trying to reveal some of the unknown areas both to him and his many viewers. It was rewarding to realize have far I have come in my explorations of my native country (and how much I still have to discover). My wife Maya and I had a blast bringing Tony to Addis Adaba, which is the capital city of Ethiopa and often considered to be the political capital of all of Africa. We made sure that Tony got to sample a large mix of food, sounds, and sights in this busy metropolis. We also brought Tony to Maya’s family in the Gurage region to experience the somewhat more modest life in an Ethiopian village (although the village feast we were served hardly seems like it could be labeled as “modest”).

I’m looking forward to sharing more about the making of this episode at the event at Ginny’s on Monday. We will also be featuring some specialty cocktails and Ethiopian-focused small plates to bring some of the smells and tastes from the episode to you as well.

I hope to see you there!


Advanced Screening of Parts Unknown: Ethiopia 
Ginny’s Supper Club
October 19th @ 7:00PM
$25 | Tickets here
This event is 21+


Worldly Inspirations: An Interview with Designer Barbara Abbatemaggio from Sorelle Firenze

By admin | February 16, 2012

Barbara and Monica Abbatemaggio

By: Cyndi Amaya

Traveling to far off places often leaves us with inspiration; whether it’s a new outlook on life or an insight to a culture different from ours. For Barbara Abbatemaggio, traveling always works as an inspiration to her and her fashion line, Sorelle Firenze. One particular recent trip to Ethiopia, has inspired her and her business partner and sister, Monica, to bring in traditional Ethiopian textiles and techniques and blend it to their chic New York City style.

Check out our interview below of Barbara and what inspired her recent scarf collection for Sorelle Firenze. Read More


Update on East Africa and the Famine

By admin | November 21, 2011


Photo: IRIN Photos

On Friday, the number of famine zones was cut in half, as U.S. and U.N. food agencies said aid had reduced death rates due to malnutrition. In spite of this good news, 250 million Somalis are facing starvation largely because military battles are preventing food deliveries. The famine in Somalia is reported to be the worst in the world as well as the worst in the Horn of Africa since the region’s 1991-92 famine.

International aid effort has been credited with helping to decrease the food shortage. The U.S. and U.N. food agencies downgraded the famine rating in three areas of Somalia to emergency status. However, there are three other areas, including the refugee communities of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, that still remain in the famine zone. Read More


The Simpsons Visit “Little Ethiopia”

By admin | November 18, 2011

Photo: Cindy Funk

Photo: Cindy Funk

Here at, we love when we see Ethiopian culture injected into pop culture. So we thought it fitting to show you a clip of a recent episode from The Simpsons, where Marge, Bart, and Lisa visit “Little Ethiopia” in Springfield. Not only does the clip highlight the great tasting Ethiopian food, but it also mentions aspects of the “foodie” world. The episode was accurate in finding traditional Ethiopian music and also highlighted the custom of ‘gursha’ where Ethiopians lovingly offer food to one another. The “pancake” that is mentioned in the episode is the staple bread in Ethiopia called Injera. Most importantly, this clip shows how the younger generation is sometimes now more open to trying other ethnic foods and customs which can slowly help break down stereotypes and cultural divides. If anything, we think it’s a funny clip to start off your weekend! Happy Friday everyone! Read More


Maya’s Trip to Ethiopia, Part III: Visiting the School

By admin | November 18, 2011


By: Maya Haile

Today I discuss the final part of my journey to Ethiopia. After giving out our donations at Togojalya, I decided to visit further deep into Somaliland. We were advised that since it was Muslim land that my arms and legs must be covered in order to be allowed to enter. I had just regular clothing so I had to improvise. I found a quick solution when we found a street tailor that could make me a quick garment. I bought the fabric and within a few moments, I had a handmade dress made from native fabric that I could wear when crossing the Muslim lands. I also had a scarf with me that I could wear, so I felt like I fit in. I was happy to be able to partake of the local culture at least with my clothing; especially being in Ethiopia and Somalia, since both cultures are so similar, so I was super happy to follow their culture.

When we went further into that area, we visited the children’s school. But their school was nothing like we know a school to be, in fact it was technically just two trees. Read More


Maya’s Trip to Ethiopia, Part II: Distributing Food and Learning About Their Water Supply

By admin | November 14, 2011

their watering hole

By: Maya Haile

As I described in Part I of my journey, we were welcomed to Togojalya with open arms. Togojalya is comprised of 5 tribes, each comprised of 200 families, totaling 1000 families in that area. We visited one in particular named Muhammad’s Tribe, which is registered with the Ethiopian government and are more willing to accept visitors. In this case, they welcomed us since we went with good intentions to help the families affected by the famine.

At Muhammad’s tribe, we passed out our donated food to each family, about 75 kilos (165 pounds) of food; 25 kilos (55 pounds) of each grain (rice, corn, and lentils). Read More


Maya’s Trip to Ethiopia, Part I: Finding My Way to the Famine Victims

By admin | November 10, 2011

Maya getting supplies in Ethiopia

By: Maya Haile

As many of you know, I just recently returned from my charity trip to Ethiopia. The main goal for my trip was to distribute relief to the numerous famine victims affected by the worst drought that has hit Africa in more than 60 years. With the collected funds from Marcus’ and my Brunch for the Horn, I traveled back to my homeland and with the help of kind Ethiopia people, I was able to pass out our donations in the form of much-needed food. It was good trip, although a bit risky since Marcus wasn’t with me. But at the same time I had a lot of good energy with me from all of your support and the support of our staff and I took the good energy with me to Africa.

I had an amazing experience during my trip. Read More


Tadias Coverage of Our Brunch for the Horn

By admin | October 11, 2011

Photo: Cathrine White

Photo: Cathrine White

Last month, my wife Maya and I held a Sunday Brunch at our Harlem home to help the current famine victims in Somalia and Ethiopia. Thanks to the support of our sponsors and all of the guests that came out, we were able to raise money for those being affected by the famine, as Maya will be giving away clothes, food, water, and medicine during a trip to Ethiopia. One of our sponsors for the Brunch was Tadias, a New York based online magazine tailored towards the Ethiopian-American community. They were also present at the Brunch and taped some footage of our guests and the festivities. Read More


Update on East African Famine

By admin | October 10, 2011

Photo: United Nations Photo

Photo: United Nations Photo

Early this month, The United Nations confirmed the 6th famine zone in Somalias Bay Region. This now brings the number of Somalis struck by famine to an alarming 4 million people which accounts for more than half the country. The famine has already claimed thousands of lives between Kenya, Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia. Despite relief efforts, the United Nations reports that 750,000 people are at risk of death over the next 4 months in Somalia. Read More


PepsiCo To Foster Chickpea Crops in Ethiopia

By | September 23, 2011

Photo: Maggie Hoffman

As seen in the New York Times the other day, PepsiCo announced a new undertaking to increase its source for chickpeas while expanding business for local farmers in Ethiopia, and ultimately address famine related issues that continue to cripple the Horn of Africa. Working in conjunction with The World Food Programme and USAID (United States Agency for International Development), the project has a multi-fold purpose with both immediate and long-term benefits to the country. Read More


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