While I’m not one to eat out often or go hardcore on the whole “what constitutes courses in a meal” topic, I must admit that talking about food gladdens my soul. The whole shenanigans of comparing places and meals, and even more so – the eating till you can’t anymore.
I can’t even claim the title foodie because more than half the time, I don’t know what ingredients were used in the food: my tongue, or rather palette, is really not that advanced. Some days I wish it was, and then I comfort myself with the fact that one day, I’ll get there. And even if I don’t, I’ll still know what tastes I like and don’t like, no?
In the meantime, I’m one of those people that embrace and talk about ANY and ALL food-related events that happen in Kampala. Think Shell’s Tokosa Food Festival, Pearl Guide’s Kampala Restaurant Week and Kampala Cocktail Week. ALL. OF. THEM. My Ma, cousins and besties are used to me whatsapping them with posters for these things and I’m used to them texting me anxiously asking if I’ve been to a certain restaurant before and what I think of it. So, of course I’m going to talk about the Kampala Restaurant Awards.
“Hellofood Uganda, in partnership with Done Deal, and MTN, announces the inaugural Kampala Restaurant Awards 2015. Shell Gas, Pepsi, Brussels Airlines and Robertson Winery are sponsoring the Awards and the ceremony will take place at Serena Hotel, Victoria Ball room on the 25th November 2015. Dress Code is black tie and ceremony kicks off at 6pm.“
That’s their press release. It comes as no surprise to me that the same companies that do all the other events are sponsoring this, but that’s a conversation for another day. It’s a great initiative. As Anna points out in her blogpost about the awards, this comes at the right time:
It is imperative that we have events like these.
It is necessary that restaurants know that the customer is king.
It is essential that someone appreciates those that go the extra mile to see a client ecstatic about the food experience.
Another thing I found equally imperative was that not only should I cast my vote, I should encourage my friends to do the same and talk about their dining experiences a bit more: the good and downright awful. So, as I cast my votes tonight (hopefully that party can’t rig these ones), I’ll take note of all my choices and hopefully over the week leading up to the Awards, try to write something up on each of them for the blog. Let’s call it my pet project for November. I hope it works out. And if I can, I’ll get people like Leticia who’ve been to the (very many) places I haven’t been to write about them too.
The dining experience in Kampala has improved past the days we only left the house to go to Shell Select, Nandos and Steers. Let’s embrace it!