Baobab Lounge to host 'Bao Bites' featuring Kumusha Wines

Updated April 19, 2023 at 8:42 a.m.

Baobab Lounge, an immersive African lounge at Plant Riverside District will host Bao Bites, an upscale food and wine pairing reception featuring small plates of authentic African cuisine prepared by the award-winning culinary team at Plant Riverside District, as well as acclaimed Kumusha Wines.

Kumusha Wines, founded by world-renowned sommelier Tinashe Nyamudoka, will be showcased during the event. Nyamudoka, who will be in attendance, will share his tasting notes and insight into the winemaking process behind four signature wines. The name "Kumusha" comes from the Shona language of Zimbabwe, which translates to "your home," "your roots," or "your origin," all of which Nyamudoka used as inspiration for his wines.

Nyamudoka, born in Harare, Zimbabwe, worked his way up to the position of manager at a grocery store when Zimbabwe fell into an economic crisis. He moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where he found work polishing cutlery at the fine dining restaurant, The Roundhouse. After being promoted to waiter and without any prior experience of wine, he learned from the beverage director, eventually landing a job as wine steward at Nobu. In 2013, Nyamudoka won the Reaching for the Young Stars Best Wine Steward Award and went on to become the head sommelier at The Test Kitchen in Cape Town.

Bao Bites will feature delicious small plate samplings of African cuisine with wine pairings. Menu highlights include African Deviled Eggs with Za'atar Mousse, Suya Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Bacon Jam, Braised Beef Curry with Lentils, and Lamb Kabob with Naan Bread. This event is an excellent opportunity for foodies and wine enthusiasts to experience the unique and delicious flavors of African cuisine and wines, as well as learn from a world-renowned sommelier.

Bao Bites will take place on Saturday, April 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. Advanced tickets are required and can be purchased at

Published April 18, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

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