Bringing The World Together Through Food
With Marianne Tshihamba
My team at the Gates Foundation has been looking for ways to reconnect after months of working from home. Marianne suggested that we cook a dish from Africa, as a way of connecting with the cultures where we work even when we could not travel. Marianne selected a Congolese chicken dish, and sent us instructions and ingredients lists. The class was a lot of fun and Marianne is so outgoing and warm. We all had a great time and learned about the food and culture. Thank you!
- Lee Pyne-Mercier, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
ABOUT MARIANNE TSHIHAMBA
Welcome to GastroSoul!
My name is Marianne Tshihamba and I’ve been an event planner for over 20 years and traveled to over 30 countries, collecting friends and recipes along the way. My love of food and travel started as a child, having moved with my family to the US from Congo. Washington DC is my adoptive home and a perfect place to feed my foodie addiction. I can trace my love of travel back when I was a kid growing up in DC.
I remember spending hours going through our family’s copy of Fodor’s Europe with my brothers. We read page after page, and talked about all of the attractions we planned on visiting when we grew up.
Of all the stories about foreign travel I read, the one that jumped out at me was the description of herring trucks in Amsterdam. As I said, I’m originally from Congo, so I was no stranger to exotic food. However, the idea of people lining up to a food truck to eat raw fish rolled in chopped onions blew my mind! I knew right then I would have to try it. Fast forward 30 years to the first of many trips to Amsterdam, I was eating raw herring and fulfilling the promise I made to myself as child.
After so many years of chasing flavors and making friends all over the world, I am delighted to share my experiences with you!
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