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Host: Melody

Chicago, IL, United States

USD
$30-$45 per person

Delicious African Peri-Peri Meal in Chicago

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Melody

Melody is an amazing cook and loves crafting African-inspired dishes. She grew up in Nigeria and now calls the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago home. Her guests have described her meals as an explosion of flavors inspired by her time growing up in Africa. Melody's cooking is inspired by her mother, who even wrote a cookbook called "Dishes of Africa", and Melody's cooking is always filled with love. Join her for an amazing evening and be introduced to the incredible flavors of Nigerian and African cuisine.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-7 guests) Join your host Melody at her apartment in Logan Square for an African-inspired meal. Start with a welcome drink and small snack of fried plantains - a specialty Melody loves and makes for every experience! Then enjoy a main dish of peri-peri chicken - finger-licking, baked chicken marinated overnight in fresh peri-peri peppers (bird's eye chili), red onions, garlic, paprika, oregano, ginger & lime zest. Your delicious peri-peri chicken will be served with jollof rice, a popular west African rice dish cooked in a savory tomato stew and infused with fresh mint, as well as African salad.

Notes: This experience is not child friendly.

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Peri-peri chicken: Finger-licking, baked chicken marinated overnight in fresh peri-peri peppers (bird's eye chili), red onions, garlic, paprika, oregano, ginger & lime zest
  • Jollof rice: Popular west African rice dish of long grain rice mixed and cooked in a savory tomato stew and infused with fresh mint
  • African salad: A unique salad that will go great with the rice & chicken. This salad is a combination of lettuce & cabbage, grated carrots, baked beans, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet corn and what we call 'salad cream'
  • Fried plantains: Sweet plantains fried until golden brown. (I have them at every meal)

Traveler reviews

5.0 (1)
What a fun and delicious meal share! Melody was such a welcoming host, and the dinner she made was absolutely delicious. I honestly couldn't stop eating the rice even after I was full :) Thanks for everything, Melody!
- Erica March 01, 2017
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Melody

$30-$45 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$45 $38 $30
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$45 $38 $30
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Melody

Melody is an amazing cook and loves crafting African-inspired dishes. She grew up in Nigeria and now calls the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago home. Her guests have described her meals as an explosion of flavors inspired by her time growing up in Africa. Melody's cooking is inspired by her mother, who even wrote a cookbook called "Dishes of Africa", and Melody's cooking is always filled with love. Join her for an amazing evening and be introduced to the incredible flavors of Nigerian and African cuisine.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-7 guests) Join your host Melody at her apartment in Logan Square for an African-inspired meal. Start with a welcome drink and small snack of fried plantains - a specialty Melody loves and makes for every experience! Then enjoy a main dish of peri-peri chicken - finger-licking, baked chicken marinated overnight in fresh peri-peri peppers (bird's eye chili), red onions, garlic, paprika, oregano, ginger & lime zest. Your delicious peri-peri chicken will be served with jollof rice, a popular west African rice dish cooked in a savory tomato stew and infused with fresh mint, as well as African salad.

Notes: This experience is not child friendly.

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Peri-peri chicken: Finger-licking, baked chicken marinated overnight in fresh peri-peri peppers (bird's eye chili), red onions, garlic, paprika, oregano, ginger & lime zest
  • Jollof rice: Popular west African rice dish of long grain rice mixed and cooked in a savory tomato stew and infused with fresh mint
  • African salad: A unique salad that will go great with the rice & chicken. This salad is a combination of lettuce & cabbage, grated carrots, baked beans, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet corn and what we call 'salad cream'
  • Fried plantains: Sweet plantains fried until golden brown. (I have them at every meal)

Traveler reviews

5.0 (1)
What a fun and delicious meal share! Melody was such a welcoming host, and the dinner she made was absolutely delicious. I honestly couldn't stop eating the rice even after I was full :) Thanks for everything, Melody!
- Erica March 01, 2017
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$45 $38 $30
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$45 $38 $30
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:00pm-9:00pm
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