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Seeking BBQ Research Assistants!

SEEKING BBQ RESEARCH ASSISTANTS My next book will be on African American barbecue culture, and it’s going to be NEXT LEVEL. In order for that to happen, I’ll need to eat my way through the country as I once did …

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Let’s Diversify the Barbecue Hall of Fame!

Did you know that there is a “Barbecue Hall of Fame” (BHOF)? It’s been around since 2012, and they’ve had several inductee classes. Unfortunately, people of color and women are woefully underrepresented. This year, for the first time I believe, …

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BBQ Advisory–Smokin Yard’s BBQ–Part 2

This is a very belated post, but I hit Smokin Yard’s to check out the menu items that I didn’t get to the first time around. Here’s a quick rundown:   Baby back ribs: great smoke, tender and good flavor. …

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Spread the Word about this Edna Lewis Event in NYC on April 17th!

Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original Sara Franklin with Joe Yonan, Mashama Bailey and Nina Mbengue-Williams Edna Lewis (1916-2006) wrote some of America’s most lyrical and significant cookbooks, including the now classic The Taste of Country Cooking. …

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BBQ Advisory–Smokin Yard’s BBQ’s New Denver Location

Through sheer luck, I stumbled upon the “soft opening” for Denver location of Smokin Yard’s BBQ (“SYBBQ”). I visited he first location is in Idaho Springs a couple of years ago. I thought the bbq was pretty solid then, and …

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Still Have Some Holiday Cheer? Here are 5 Ways to Celebrate Vallery Lomas, the First African American to Win the “Great American Baking Show”!

If you don’t have time for the backstory, please do these things:  Subscribe to Vallery Lomas’s blog, www.foodieinnewyork.com  Follow Lomas on social media.  Suggest Lomas for a speaker (or presenter) at an upcoming event.  Write about Lomas in food media outlets. …

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Colorado’s Chef Brother Luck Quickfire Challenge Win on Top Chef! 

I’m way behind on posting about the current season of Top Chef: Colorado, but I’m giving a quick shout out to Chef Brother Luck! Chef Luck, who runs Four by Brother Luck in Colorado Springs, is a one of the “cheftestants.” He …

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Give Your Students the Gift of Soul Food!

Are you an educator or administrator who’s looking for a good, educational, food-related activity for your school? Then you should have me come speak! A few months ago, I was invited by Caren Press to speak at George Washington High …

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A Post-Thanksgiving Southern Feast

I recently presented on presidential Thanksgivings to a continuing education group called “Denver Eclectics.” After my talk, a Memphis native named Lili Hilton was so impressed that she invited me to have dinner with her family the day after Thanksgiving. …

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Thanksgiving 2017

Here’s a roundup of my 2017 Thanksgiving celebration. I reached to my cousins for a get together. Our mothers have died in the past few years, and I thought it would be good for us to reconnect. Here’s a pictorial …

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