Tunde is Lagos born and Detroit bred and is interested in showing his Detroit community the depth and breath and complexity of the Nigerian culinary experience. To support his effort to open a brick and mortar restaurant Tunde has taken to the road and has been traveling the country engaging diners from Chicago to New Orleans in intimate pop-up style dinners where he cooks and chats about the wonder of his heritage.
A good friend of BCH Chef Kevin Mitchell has just informed us that next April he will be heading up a dinner in Charleston, SC in the site of Nate Fuller's restaurant A Bachelor's retreat to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the civil war.
Tonight we lost a culinary giant and our community is heartsick. So often the simplistic questions about where all the black chefs are or why there aren't more black chefs in the world of fine dinning is debated and the sad part is that the very question diminishes the life long legacies of chefs like Darryl Evans.
First read this article on the Henrietta Vinton Davis Weblog.
My friends Chef Elle Simone posted this article about the women who were lynched during the Jim Crow era. The articles names the names and sort of gives a voice to these women and it got me thinking. A few years ago there was this book then documentary called Slavery by Another Name by Doug Blackmon. Its about lots of things but mainly its about post slavery America, jim crow, and how deep the well of treachery really runs. So around that time cross researching some of the things i came across in the book, I cam across this site called Without Sanctuary Lynching Photography in America. Its pretty deep because its basically this collection of the memorabilia these people made and sold and traded from the lynchings. Among the thousands upon thousands of men that perished are also women and children. It is moving, and despicable, and heart breaking and our history.
Back in 2012 theres was a documentary produced by Independent Lens called "More Than a Month" by filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman where he ask the question "Should we even celebrate black history month anymore?". I'm sharing this because today the google doodle was of Harriet Tubman and I thought it random until i saw the date and realized that yet another February is upon us so blackness in interesting or at least in the zeitgeist for a few weeks.
One of the things I have always loved about the Carver legacy is that his genius was well rounded and multidimensional. He was an artist, a thinker, a foodie, an philosopher, a scientist and a man of God, and all these facets were beautiful and thoughtful and important in a time when our humanity as black people was marginalized. What to have been able to exist in a space where you were able to be authentically yourself, do work you loved and were placed on earth to do, and respected for it all at the same time during an era in this country were your very existence would have been a revelation is inspiring. Carver gave us so much more than the peanut and as we celebrate his legacy we should also give thanks to his humanity without which much of his work would not exist.
Who knew next week is apparently International Food Workers Week. lets celebrate the contributions workers cross the food chain make to our foodsystem. Check out the website for more information!