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collected press 2012


The marque announcing Chef Ayinde at NYC’s LTO (Limited Time Only) 171 East Broadway, New York, NY.

left Menu, NYC opening night supper.


Selling out all three nights the Wildflower New York City pop-up was both a culinary and social phenomenon for foodies and the vegan community alike.

Like the beauty of blossoming annuals in the field chef Ayinde’s Wildflower culinary event is here today gone tomorrow. This event is the The “offline” arm of Ayinde’s popular healthy lifestyle site The latest in a wide array of food trends, Pop-Up Restaurants are proving to be breakout venues for culinary artisans and emerging chefs. Wildflower is a one-of-a-kind crowd-funded pop-up restaurant that brings the finest plant-based cuisine to discerning foodies and tastemakers. Wildflower New York popped-up in Downtown Manhattan’s exclusive LTO (Limited Time Only) Restaurant. For three days, patrons were taken on a 28-course journey across a diverse landscape of vegan cuisine ranging from Soul Food to Raw Fusion to Chef Ayinde’s own “Street Food” Tasting Menu. The Opening Night reception featured celebrity guests, style icons, and giveaways from Vaute Couture, The Ethical Man, and Evolve Jewelry. For the weekend, Chef Ayinde drew from his wildly successful monthly event, The Brooklyn Petit Dejeuner, and crafted an eclectic interpretation of the Waffle Brunch. Crowd-funded through, Wildflower is a direct response to the demand for fun, delicious gourmet Vegan dining in an upscale atmosphere. Ayinde documented his unique event by allowing videographers to capture the Wildflower buzz. [see ] Following the success of Wildflower’s NYC opening Chef Ayinde Howell took his seeds on the road hoping to plant his Wildflower pop-up in new cities. After another successful pop-up as part of New York’s infamous Fashion’s Night Out Ayinde set his sights next on San Francisco. In May of 2012 Ayinde occupied two San Francisco locations over a 3-day period and once again showed an uncanny ability to mix traditional street foods with gourmet. The following is an abridged selection of press clippings from Wildflower. To learn more about Ayinde and Wildflower visit

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above left Ayinde’s grilled quinoa & polenta cake with radish slaw and cashew dill aioli above Ayinde’s poached pear Manhattan Rhubarb Mimosa left Ayinde’s famous “Mac & Yease” below Ayinde’s signature biscuit topped cherry cobbler w/ organic cashew ice cream


“Vegan food that is remarkably tasty and robust” Elane Louie, The New York Times

“The pop-up trend (with its largely set meals) is one realm that’s generally not too friendly to the meatless. That’ll change next weekend” Grub Street, New York Magazine

“A very vegan pop-up ...will serve everything from a ‘contemporary American supper’ to a Saturday Cajun brunch to a raw fusion dinner to a street food tasting menu.” Rebbecca Marx, The Village Voice

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“Get excited, San Francisco! Chef Ayinde Howell & his revered vegan pop-up restaurant Wildflower are coming to town!” San Francisco Weekly

“Food critics and amateur palates alike flipped for Howell’s innovative vegan food.” VegNews Magazine

“...a fresh-faced, innovative menu with such varying flavors as Mint Tzatziki and Beer-Battered Tempeh Tacos.” 7 by 7 Magazine

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SF Weekly - VegNews - 10 Best -

7x7 San Francisco - San Francisco Chronicle -

Eater SF - Vegansaurus - YUM - Table Hopper - Our Hen House - Friends Eat - SuperVegan - HFM Group - Sexy Tofu - Capture+Rapture - Remembering God - Yum Veggie Burgers - The Whelming - & Vegan Apatite -

Veganism+Stuff - Secret Cooking Recipes - Chef’s Connection - Kris Karragan Blog - VegNews Magazine -

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Gothamist - The Lo-Down NYC - Food Republic Magazine - Eater NY - The Discerning Brute - New York Examiner - Daily Globe - POMP Magazine - Our Hen House - NY PointsLocal - Eco-Sex - Inhabitat - Cri De Coeur - Raw Clarity - On Our Sleeve - Organized Wisdom - Big City Vegan - Girlie Girl Army - Girlie Girl Army [Editorial by chef Ayinde] - I8 NYC -–-lto-nyc-presents-ayinde-howell-wildflower-popup-dinner-jun10-12/ Gluten Free Faces - Meet the Shannons - The Ethical Bella - Andrew Hur Photography -

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About Chef Ayinde Howell Ayinde Howell is a 4th generation entrepreneur, Executive Vegan Chef and Founder of the food and lifestyle blog, He specializes in a variety of Vegan fare including Soul Food, Raw, and New American cuisines. His recipes have been featured in the New York Times, Time Out and BET’s top-rated show, ‘106 & Park’. Ayinde started creating signature dishes in Seattle, as co-owner of Hillside Quickies Vegan Sandwich Shop, an offshoot of his family’s business. Hillside Quickies became a popular restaurant known for blasting hip-hop music during crowded lunch rushes and being a favorite for artists like The Roots, Saul Williams, Common and Erykah Badu. Now based in New York City, Ayinde has served as Executive Chef at Jivamukti Yoga School and as a Personal Health Consultant and Personal Chef for celebrities like Russell Simmons and clients from various walks of life and culinary palates. To arrange an interview with Chef Ayinde Howell, to arrange a tasting, or to obtain high-resolution images of his culinary creations please contact Andy Stepanian at 631.291.3010 or email

Photo credit: Kate Echle | a grassroots publicity agency

For press inquiries please contact Andy Stepanian at or 631.291.3010

For press inquiries please contact Andy Stepanian at or 631.291.3010

Wildflower by Ayinde Howell (2012 Press Kit)