Nigel Jones, Kingston 11, in partnership with sf|noir

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Stop by the CUESA Classroom for a cooking demo featuring the seasonal bounty of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

CUESA is proud to partner with sf|noir during their annual Wine & Food Festival. sf|noir is a non-profit organization, celebrating its 15th year in 2016, highlighting and celebrating African American arts and culture, both as innovator and interpreter, and also recognizing the interpretations of other cultures to uniquely Black art forms—helping to make our collective experiences richer.

Nigel Jones grew up surrounded by the vibrant tastes and smells of Kingston, Jamaica, where he learned to cook traditional cuisine from his grandmother, “Miss Gwen.” His passion for food grew as he traveled around the world for his job with Levi Strauss, experiencing new cuisines and observing how people socialized around food. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that Nigel’s passion began to develop into a business model. He and his business partner, Adrian Henderson, created a potluck dinner group, and together they decided to open a Jamaican-fusion restaurant which would serve a combination of traditional Jamaican street food and cuisines from other cultures. To test his creative idea, Nigel approached a friend who owned a café in Berkeley, who allowed him to open a pop-up restaurant that would be open one night a week inside the café. Soon, the pop-up’s popularity soared, and he soon was off to open his own restaurant, Kingston 11, now becoming one of Oakland’s more popular go-to establishments. 

All demos take place in the CUESAClassroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building) and are free to the public, with recipes and samples for all.