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Project Angel Food Fundraiser: Ethiopian Dinner at Meals by Genet on Fairfax

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Meals By Genet

1053 South Fairfax Avenue · Los Angeles, CA

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(Left: Vegetable Combination with Tofu)


We will meet inside the restaurant at 7:00pm. Please be on time as our reservation is for 7:00pm. Family-Style Dining: Dining for this event has been designated as Family-Style. The food bill will be split evenly between all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group/AO will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. Why this policy? The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. In addition, most of the dishes we order will be moderately to very spicy. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you. Cost per person is expected to be about $20, depending on how much food you order, plus any beverages, tax and 20% gratuity. Please bring at least $40 in CASH (small bills preferred) to settle your portion of the bill. There are a limited number of spaces in the small lot behind the restaurant. Street parking is also available. Be sure to read the street signs for any parking restrictions, and whether you still need to feed the parking meters or not if you are parked at a metered space. I will send out my cell number the night before this event so that you can call or text me if you arrive before I do, or are running late, or are lost.

(Left: Chicken Dorowat with Vegetable Combination)

As a participating sponsor of Project Angel Food's Prom Night, Chef & Owner Genet Agonafer, a long-time supporter of Project Angel Food, is generously donating 50% gross of all food and beverages served on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Project Angel Food's mission is to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers and staff cook and deliver free and nutritious meals prepared with love throughout Los Angeles County, acting out of a sense of urgency because hunger and illness do not wait.

(Left: Beef Tibs with Vegetable Combination)

Meals by Genet has been around for about 13 years, and throughout its time, its been consistently rated one of the best Ethiopian restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area. It has been rated as one of LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants to dine at for a few years now, including 2013, in an article by Amy Scattergood that was published on February 28, 2013:

"Chef-owner Genet Agonafer's 13-year-old Meals by Genet, in the tiny Little Ethiopia ( neighborhood of the Fairfax District, is less a study in contradictions than it is an improbable oasis. You'll walk in from the bustle of the thrift shops and tiny markets that line the street to low candlelight, a checkerboard of white tablecloths in the small dining room, white napkins in wineglasses like small bouquets of bird of paradise. When your dinner arrives, it will be on a huge platter that looks oddly like a flattened sombrero covered with injera, with mounds of perfectly seasoned, stewed vegetables and lentils, chickpeas and split peas surrounding the centerpiece of a remarkable dorowat that colors the flatbread underneath it the deep earthy red of the berbere-spiced sauce. Decline the offer of utensils and instead ask for as much of the spongey injera as it takes to scoop up your remarkable meal. Stop to thank the chef through the open window into the kitchen, which is as bustling as the street outside. Tell her that you hope that she cooks for another 13 years."

Yelp Reviewers give Meals by Genet an average rating of 4.5 Stars out of 5.0, from over 320 reviews: