GRACIOUS GOURMAND, a biweekly dinner event presented by The Discerning Brute & Second Stop Cafe, is not for the weak of palate. Featuring a rotating cast of chefs specializing in avant-garde, gourmet, sustainable fare, our series aims to challenge ordinary perceptions and preparations of fine food, expose visionary talent, and celebrate conscientious hedonism.

The next event is October 8, 2010, featuring Chef Yoli Ouiya. See below for details.

PURCHASE YOU TICKET, $50 PRIX FIXE (drinks not included), click below:

Yoli Ouiya’s Six Course Menu

♦ Choice of Braised Seitan with African Gremolata or Ginger Barbecue Tempeh*
Both served with Caramelized Shallots

♦ Egusi Vegetable Soup*

♦ Southern 4 Cheese Vegan Macaroni*

♦ Sautéed Wild Greens*

♦ Apple Cinnamon Crisp with Salted Caramel Crème*

♦ sweet potato pie parfait*

♦♦♦ To Drink: Chocolate Vodka Shooter featuring Kanon Organic Vodka.
Drinks are  $8

*Items are or can be made gluten-free. Please email yoli@yoliouiya.com by October 3rd, 2010 for gluten-free requests.

About the Chef:

Preparing food for one’s family is a huge cultural symbol of pride for the women of Burkina Faso, a small West African country. Akin to a right of passage, it is a big part of life for a young woman from her father’s country. Though born in America, Yoland Ouiya, known as Yoli, was no exception. Twenty years later, she is known throughout the New York City area for catering for various vegan activist organizations, a brief stint at Reboot restaurant, and servicing a cultural array of clients and festivals.

Yoli Ouiya currently operates a boutique eco-lifestyle outfit called Ou!ya and YoliOuiya.com : Eco-chic Living and Green Savings. She offers rich,colorful meals, food preparation classes, and a variety of eco-chic themed events in New York.

She is currently on the junior board of The New York Coalition for Healthy School Lunches and works with various organizations for youth based events including Health Corps and Teen ACTION (NYC Department of Youth and Community Development).