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My First Tastes of Brooklyn Kosher Barbecue

The first time that I’d heard about kosher barbecue was in the context of the annual kosher barbecue contests held around the U.S. I didn’t know that more kosher barbecue restaurants are opening up across the country as well. I …

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My Colorado Barbecue Guide!

Looking for great barbecue in Denver?  Thanks to Kevin Kelly of Kevin’s BBQ Joints, here’s a video giving you my recommendations for Denver and beyond! Restaurants mentioned: Top Choices in the Denver area Boney’s Smokehouse Burnt End BBQ TRU Colotexmex …

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Chef Alex Seidel Makes Me and Colorado Proud at 2018 James Beard Awards

WINNER: #jbfa Best Chef: Southwest is Denver’s Alex Seidel of Mercantile Dining & Provision https://t.co/4jMrUHcAKj pic.twitter.com/FycPoLOdjd — Eater (@Eater) May 8, 2018 I’m sooooo happy for Chef Alex Seidel! He’s been nominated several times, but tonight he won his first …

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Accolades Galore for African Americans at 2018 James Beard Awards

  2018 is a banner year for African Americans at the James Beard Awards. Here’s the roll call: Chef and Restaurant Awards Top Chef alum Nina Compton of Compère Lapin in New Orleans wins “Best Chef: South.”   “I never dreamed …

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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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