About Alganesh

Every dish is cooked from scratch and made with love!

My name is Alganesh Michael. I live in South Burlington with my husband and two daughters. I’m originally from Eritrea, located in the Horn of Africa. I’m a former nurse turned homemaker for the last 16 years. Although not a chef by trade, I love to cook and entertain my family and friends. I have been working in collaboration with many local restaurants, in Chittenden & Addison County, schools and communities for over 6 years. I host Ethiopian & Eritrean cuisine and have popularized this ethnic cooking in the Lake Champlain region of Vermont.  Among other things, I teach cooking classes, host parties for team building for educators, book club friends, birthday and retirement parties. Also, I cater private parties of any size. Post COVID I started offering weekly takeout dinner from a local store, The Mill Market & Deli in S. Burlington. 

I love to teach simple techniques to prepare ethnic food that is rich in flavor. Ethiopian & Eritrean cooking relies on a diverse range of herbs and roots to develop characteristics quintessential to the cuisine. I pride myself on cooking & serving food in a traditional way with authentic spices and serve on a large, family-style platter atop of Injera. Injera is unique staple food to both countries and also serves as an edible utensil. It’s best known for spongy sourdough flatbread; one can’t really have an authentic feast without it. 

Photo credit: SC Visuals, courtesy of Clemmon’s Family Farm

Have long been a fan of Ethiopian/Eritrean food, and was excited to happen upon Alganesh Michael’s “A Taste of Abyssinia” a few years ago. Exactly what the greater Burlington area needs, and a much more convenient alternative to Montreal or Boston. Followed Alganesh to various venues around Chittenden county and to Waterbury and Bristol, attended her classes at CVU and just can’t get enough! Food is absolutely delicious, plentiful, healthy, and fresh with generously sized portions. She is an amazing person, cook and hostess … I will be a regular at Mill Market & Deli on Wednesday evenings for my ‘fix’. 

– John Zwick, South Burlington.
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