The people in Toronto behind ‘Black Foodie’ (founded by Eden Hagos) created ‘Injera and Chill,’ an event celebrating Ethiopian and Eritrean food

By Ali Chiasson (CBC News) |

TORONTO, ON―Eating injera, the Ethiopian flat bread, is a cozy, communal experience that’s meant to be shared with family and friends, and this weekend’s ‘Injera and Chill’ event invites you to sop up sauce and meet new people.

“We’re trying to welcome people in and tasting the amazing food that comes from Ethiopia and Eritrea,” said Eden Hagos, who will be hosting the event this Sunday at the Pearl Lounge on King Street West.

Eden Hagos spoke on CBC’s Metro Morning clad in a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Tibs & Kitfo.” One is a stew and the other is a raw beef dish. Both are meant to be scooped and sopped up by the spongy injera flat bread.

“It’s super good for you and gluten free so it’s suitable for many diets,” Eden Hagos said.

But to her and people of her heritage, it’s so much more than that.

“It really brings people together,” Eden said as she began to explain eating the “gursha” way. “You eat with your hands and you share the platter usually, and we even hand feed each other,” she said.

“If you care about them, you’ve got to give them a big scoop of that injera.”

Eden Hagos grew up around this food as her family owned a successful Ethiopian restaurant in Windsor, where her relatives dished out loads of the flat bread.

She believes the closeness brought on by eating it is what makes people embrace Ethiopian food so quickly.

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