Saturday, October 9, 2010

Purple sweet potato mash up!

-I attended day one of the Design Art and Technology Symposium in Winston Salem, I really had no idea what it was about but it was hosted downtown in a new art center and was just $35 for the weekend. So of I went, it has a wonderful panel of expert speakers talking about the Triad and how the area has largely been dependent on tobacco, textures and tobacco doing type jobs. In future we need to look forward to thinking jobs, creative work and sustainable work. The food for thought it talking about local restaurants, food products and creating work along with design. It started of a little slow to be honest and I was starving I hadn't had lunch. But 2.30pm came around we were treated to the Mash Up, it was a wonderful collaboration between local chefs and refugees from Iraq, Ethiopia, Nepal and Vietnam. The chefs wonderfully embraced their partner and eagerly learned about their cuisine and created dishes using the Stokes county North Carolina sweet potato.

The conference hall, the event is a collaboration between Winston Salem State university, University of North Carolina and The Center for Innovation. 

This was a presentation by the Saura Pride sweet potatoes who worked with farmers and community kitchens to produce products such as purple sweet potato puree, pies and purple sweet potato butter to sell to get folks more familiar with the locally grown potato.

Chefs with their partners 

Spicy cassava stew with boiled sweet potato inspired by Vietnam 

Southern purple sweet potato pie

Iraqi inspired purple sweet potato baklava with cheese wow this one was so good!

Ethiopian inspired purple sweet potato chicken soup, this chef was particularly impressed by his partners knife skills, I told him he needs this soup on his menu!

Nepali purple sweet potato samosas

one of the chefs

A while back I made a leek and potato soup with these potatoes, if you find some what will you do with yours?

Didn't get to stay all day but hope to catch the World food in the Triad session tomorrow what fun!


  1. Oh, yes, I'm familiar with those fantastic purple Stokes potatoes. What a neat event!

  2. hehee...Rebecca, this is definitely a sweet potato event! Can my purple sweet potato cupcake add into this menu too! ;DD

  3. Wow! Some delicious looking sweet potato dishes. I have never seen a purple sweet potato. That pie with the purple potatoes looks so pretty. I will have to keep an eye out for them:)

  4. Lovely read and a healthy recipe for purple sweet potato.

  5. Sounds like a very cool event, wish I could have joined you!

    I think I would do some purple potatoes with rosemary!

  6. This looks good. I wish I had more opportunities to cook for myself sometimes, so I can cook things that my husband doesn't like. ;) Sweet potatoes, mushrooms, he hates them both and I love them!

  7. I love the potato...but I love the folks who created the food more...Thanks to Triad Community Kitchen, Meridian restaurant, Table 16 restaurant (GSO), and Southern Lights (GSO) as well as StokesCORE for providing the tatters...From the refugee community: Kwol Ksa, Wurood Almahadani, Ganag, Devi, Hari and Roshan Shrestra, and Menbi

  8. Oh, I want some purple sweet that color! Everything sounds delish :D

  9. Haven't tasted purple sweet potatoes yet, but they sound interesting. How lucky you are to have tasted all those sweet potato dishes, especially the baklava.

  10. Belinda where are you located?
    Anncoo oh that sounds very cool
    Raina hope you find some nr you soon
    Sushma thanks
    Ana thanks it was so fun
    Sanjeeta thanks
    design wine and dine wish you were there
    emily oh maybe you can convince him
    Andrew thanks for adding the names I wanted to but couldn't remember and your a star for putting it together
    girlichef smiles
    Judy I am he he

  11. That sure looks like a fun event. I miss purple sweet potatoes. I still can't find them here in Scotland. But know what....there is purple majesty potatoes...just came into the market last week. I was so excited. Have been eating them for the past few days. I'm posting it tomorrow. Well, at least it's a purple potato...haha...though I still want sweet purple potatoes :D

  12. We get purple potatoes but not purple sweet potatoes so now I am feeling deprived. What fun you must be having!

  13. Mary looking forward to your post :-)
    Claudia it was a fun day for sure, I am sure NC will start shipping them up north LOL

  14. Looks like you have a great time. I bet those samosas were good.
    I do not remember seen purple sweet potatoes before.


  15. Mely yep the samosa were really good :-)

  16. looks like so many fun things to try! Oh and I love your new blog look! :)

  17. chef E oh that one was my fav
    Simply life thanks :-)



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