An East African Dinner (Baobab Fare Preview)

An East African Dinner
Baobab Fare (preview)
Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere

At frame, we’re humbled and so looking forward to gathering around our tables for a culturally rich East African dinner experience led by Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere.

The Burundian refuges join us after fleeing political violence in Burundi just a few short years ago. With a mission to make a name for themselves, Southwest Detroit’s Freedom House was called home while seeking asylum. They spent a few years there finding comfort, learning the English language and sharpening their skills. Ready to push further and deepen their cultural roots in Detroit, the husband and wife team presented their boundary-pushing food and drink to the 2017 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, presented by Bedrock, a vehicle to champion independent  businesses through funding, education, exposure and mentoring.

An instant hit, their creative East African menu and innate pursuit earned them first prize (from more than 160 entries) and the support to open East African cookery, Baobab Fare in New Center, arriving later this year.

Fall in love with this beautiful couple (like we did) and join us for an authentic and comforting culinary journey and experience Baobab Fare. Remember their names. There’s a wealth of detail to learn from this couple: Above all, entrepreneurship is possible to all of us; the refugee and immigrant community alike.

Soulful music, smokey cocktails, and carefully curated dishes await.
Let’s gather around the table and celebrate our incredible community.

Choose Standard or a Vegan option upon checkout.


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Karanga (V)
(Roasted Peanuts) 

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Supu and Chapati (V)
(Soup and Flat Bread) 

Served optionally with busenda

{{ Entree One }}
(Spinach with Peanuts and Smoked Turkey)
Served with East African Pilau Rice (Spiced Rice)
Mboga (V)
(Spinach with Peanuts) 

Served with East African Pilau Rice (Spiced Rice)

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(Beef Stew)

Served with Mzuzu
(African Fried Plantains)
Nyanya and Maharage (V)
(Eggplant Stew and Yellow Beans)
Served with Mzuzu
(African Fried Plantains)

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Fruit salad (V)
Mango, Small Banana, Pineapple in a Passion Fruit Juice
Served with Mandazi, African Donuts

Saturday, September 22nd
6:00pm and 9:00pm
$45 / person + tax and service fee

A Baobab Fare African Dinner (Choose Standard or Vegan)
Time spent with Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere before their Baobab Fare Debut

Beer, Wine and Cocktails prepared special for the evening

Tickets on Sale Thursday, August 30th at Noon.
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What is Frame?

Tucked quietly behind joebar, frame is a revolving creative hub, home to a carefully curated programs of chef residencies and all round awesome experiences. 

Chef residencies, Sunday at Nonna’s Dinners, rap battles, art workshops, live acoustic sessions, cocktail pairings,  you name it… explore your interests, hone your skills, master a new art craft. meet new friends, share a meal. drink cocktails.  No two days here are ever the same. Seasonal, locally sourced and above all delicious, we’ve built our reputation on the food and drink we serve at frame.

We also partner up with a variety of brands on events of all different shapes and sizes, offering up top-notch food and drink and creative in-house production. frame can seat up to 50 guests dining or 80 guests, theater-style.

What are people saying?


“Tried out frame as part of the ‘grandma’s basement series’ with Chef James (Mabel Gray) and Chef John (Grey Ghost). Our Italian Family Dinner was delicious! Enjoyed every course (which kept coming). Best meatballs I’ve ever had!! Love the idea of home Cookin with a little flare, shared Family style with strangers. A wonderful evening!”

What are people saying?

Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press

“The vibe at the Frame dinners also reflected the personalities of the chefs, who were able to interact with guests and offer stories about their food memories while cooking rustic dishes without the same expectations that come with their respective restaurants. The food was predictably great and unpretentious, but the series also highlighted the growing importance of personality and storytelling to the modern dining experience.”

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