Celebrate Tupac With A Trip To The Restaurant He Dreamed Up

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By Cooking Panda

Tupac Shakur, one of our most celebrated music artists, met an untimely death on Sept. 13, 1996. That was 20 years ago, and his music and legacy are still going strong.

His music was known for evoking emotion and communicating powerful messages, but it seems music was not his only passion. According to Fuse, he had a lot of different ambitions, involving film, writing and even the food industry. Tupac’s notes surrounding ideas for a café of his own were found after his death and remain on display in the Grammy Museum.

According to these notes, his restaurant would be named Powamekka Café, and would feature the favorite recipes of his fellow musicians. Those recipes would also be shared in his cookbook.

The Business Journal reports that in memory of Tupac and his foodie dream, Take 3 Burgers of Fresno, California, is partnering with marketing director Sam Hansen to create Powamekka Café. Hansen has worked in the past with Kanye West, who in a statement said that “Working on Powamekka Café makes me feel like I’m bringing Pac’s vision to life.”

Take 3 Burgers will be creating Powamekka Café in their existing Fulton Mall pop-up restaurant, and it will be open on Sept. 13, the anniversary of his death, at 7:00 P.M.

Working with Hansen, they created a logo based off Tupac’s ideas. Some of the menu items will include the California Love chicken sandwich, a mac-and-cheese burger, Hennessy Apple Butter chicken wings and Thug Passion cake pops with champagne cake and Alize liqueur-flavored frosting.

Also to commemorate the artist, there will be an art show, and a music show consisting of local musicians performing covers of their favorite Tupac songs. All I can say is I wish I lived closer so that I could experience this café for myself. Still, it’s nice to know that Tupac’s memory lives on and that he is loved today just as much as, if not more than, he was loved in the 90s.

The same restaurant hosted a tribute breakfast for Notorious B.I.G. on his birthday as well.

Sources: The Business Journal, Fuse / Photo credits: The Business Journal, 2pac.com via Fuse

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IKEA Is Opening Up A DIY Restaurant — Are You Interested? (Video)

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By Cooking Panda

So we all know that the name “IKEA” goes hand-in-hand with affordable furniture. But did you also know that the company is interested in food and cooking?

I certainly didn’t. I mean, I know food is available in-store, but IKEA is actually very interested in bringing people together though cooking and being in the kitchen. We know this now because it has announced that it will be opening a brand new pop-up restaurant in London called The Dining Club.

There are so many cool things about this idea that I hardly know where to start. First of all, according to Fortune, the model is set up so that parties of up to 20 people can come and have one of their own cook a meal for the group. Trained head chefs will oversee the meal preparation, and cooking sessions will be available for brunch, lunch or dinner. Secondly, the experience is free! Cooking, meals and drinks are covered.

In a statement, IKEA UK Country Marketing Manager Laurent Tiersen said that the experience is “all about inspiring people to rediscover the joy of the kitchen, after our insights showed that people are spending less and less time cooking and eating together.”

According to The Telegraph, some of the fun features will include having the restaurant named after your group for the time you are there, and the ability to choose your own menu, of which there is a range of selections, with some menus even including a few Scandinavian classics.

The campaign is called: “It Starts with the food,” and its goal is to show how cooking and eating together can make these everyday tasks more fun and enjoyable and bring people together. Those interested in this experience should register online via the IKEA website. I have a feeling reservations will fill up pretty fast. The promotion runs from Sept. 10-25.

I’m hoping the experiment will go extremely well and we can try it here in the U.S. soon!

Check out IKEA’s commercial for the promotion below:

Sources: The Telegraph, FortuneIKEA UK/YouTube / Photo credit: PYMNT

Tags: cooking, Dinner Parties, IKEA, Pop-Up Restaurants
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