nglccNY Biz of the Month: Asempe Kitchen, LLC

 This April, nglccNY is proud to spotlight Asempe Kitchen, LLC as our very first nglccNY Biz of the Month! We spoke with Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe (she/her/hers) about Asempe Kitchen’s offerings and what makes her business unique. Read our Q&A with Yomekpe below:

What is your business?

Asempe Kitchen, LLC is a West African catering, pop up, and culinary experience company that specializes in providing vegan options to traditional authentic West African food. Our Culinary Experiences strive to build bridges and heal schisms and bring together people from various parts of life's journey.

What is unique about your business?

Asempe Kitchen, LLC is unique in that we don't just serve food, we want to know who you are and how you came to be where you are by using food as a connector. We all eat at some point, why not do it together?

How has being a Certified LGBTBE® impacted your business? Why did you join nglccNY?

I recently got certified...what has happened as a result is that I have met TJ and Jada and Mary Blanchett and have felt fully supported and encouraged by them to expand my potential.

What is your favorite part about the nglccNY community?

My favorite part of the nglccNY community is that they are very supportive and take community very seriously. My ambassador has invited me to events and given me a heads up about who to contact for what and has also helped me dream bigger than my current company.

What does it mean to you to be an LGBTQ+ entrepreneur?

This is very important to me because most of my family is still in denial about my orientation and my upcoming marriage to the most beautiful woman I know. Being out and proud and choosing certification makes me a role model, especially to queer Black and Brown entrepreneurs who may themselves be struggling with being their whole selves.

Anything else you'd like us to know or share?

Being queer and Black is not an anomaly!


You can connect with Asempe Kitchen and Yomekpe online at

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