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Southern Mafia Lunch at Butter (Part Two)

Yes, you thought it might be over but the fantastic food kept a coming! Some spring peas in their pods, first-of-the-season softshell crab, and a wild mushroom tortellini. THEN, some asparagus, an AMAZING halibut porterhouse and some macaroon cookies for …
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The Southern Mafia Lunch at Butter ( Part One)

One of my biggest scores for the James Beard Awards weekend was an invite to the “Southern Mafia” lunch. It’s a great time for some folks to gather and support the Southern Foodways Alliance.  The meal was hosted by Chef …
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2014 James Beard Foundation Award Recap–“Soul Food” Wins!

You may not know that there are two James Beard Foundation Award ceremonies–one for those who talk about, televise and write about food and the more well-known other for the chefs and the restaurants. I arrived at the Gotham Hotel in …
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2014 James Beard Foundation Award Ceremony Recap–The Meal

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Dinner was an amazing experience! The weekend was a blur so my bad on the delay in posting. First, here’s a rundown of the meal: Matt and Ted Lee (a.k.a. “The Lee Brothers”) were …
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Yes, San Antonio’s Got Soul (Food)!

With the NBA Finals getting underway, I felt it was appropriate to provide this public service announcement: San Antonio has got soul food! When I ate my way through the country in 2011, I was pleasantly surprised to find two very …
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A Nashville Dining Guide for Stanford Cardinal Fans

Welcome to Music City, Nerd Nation! As Minnie Pearl used to tell the audiences at the Grand Ole Opry, “We’re just so glad you came.” With the grand occasion of the Stanford women’s basketball team in the Final Four, I’ve teamed …
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A Memphis Dining Guide for Stanford Cardinal Fans

Going to Memphis to cheer on the Stanford Cardinal in the “Sweet Sixteen” round of the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament? As a certified barbecue judge, author of a book on the history of soul food, and most importantly, a Stanford …
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Soul Food named one of “The10 Best Black Books of 2013”

Kam Williams of Sly Fox Film Reviews picked Soul Food for his nonfiction list of “The 10 Best Black Books of 2013”! Williams is a widely-syndicated writer and that means great news for Soul Food. Check out the full list …
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My Top 10 List of Soul Food Joints . . . Printed in USA Today!

One of the most frequent questions that I get is “What’s your favorite soul food joint in the entire country?” That’s a tough question because I have a larger sample size than your average person, and here’s why. In 2011, …
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A (Brief) History of Sweet Potato Pie in The Washington Post!

Check out this article that I wrote on the history of sweet potato pie and how it became a soul food fave for Thanksgiving. Unlike you would do with a good sweet potato pie, please share!

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