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Portland, OR

BIO

My name is Eleni, and I was born and raised in Ethiopia and have a passion for sharing Ethiopian cuisine. About 19 years ago, I moved to the United States. I live with my husband and two kids (ages 10 and 12) in the beautiful state of Oregon, near Portland.

Everything I do is exclusively related to Ethiopian food, including my work as a caterer, food instructor and farmer’s market vendor. Though I went to school to study accounting and worked in finance for a couple of years, I never felt as comfortable behind a desk as I do in my kitchen.

Growing up in Ethiopia I enjoyed the aromas of simmering spice blends filling up our home on a daily basis. Stews and veggies cooked in spices are served over a fermented flat bread on a shared platter. My hope is to share my love for Ethiopian food and culture and make it accessible to others through my cooking classes and caterings.

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