Ethiopian in Asheville?
If you are anxious to put down that knife and fork and pick up a giant piece of sour spongy bread, look no further. Some plucky group of west African immigrants and white hippies are looking to make your lentil dreams and root-mash wishes come true.
The catering group calls themselves “Abaye,” and they’ve been offering monthly Ethiopan dinners for a little while now. In April, I ventured in to one of their dinners in the Greenlife annex building. I thought the food was slightly better than mediocre, but I applaud anyone who attempts to enliven our culinary landscape out here in the ‘ville.
There’s plenty for vegetarians to choose from, but honestly I found their meat dish to be the best-tasting option, spiced with paprika and hot peppers. The bread was, well, a giant sour sponge, but they didn’t find a way to keep it warm enough brighten the flavor, which dampens as it cools.
That said, I dream of a day when we formally welcome Ethiopian cuisine into the pantheon of Asheville dining experiences, so I say let’s support Abaye’s efforts and come on down!
The next Abaye meal will take place this Friday, May 30, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville (1 Edwin Pl) at 6pm. I think plates are $12-$15.