Category Archives: Soul Food Scholar

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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Can Jackson Soul Food Play an “Inside-Outside” Game in Miami?

I’ve eaten in soul food restaurants all across the country. It’s unusual to find a soul food restaurant outside of a predominately black neighborhood, or a part of town where African Americans work. Jackson Soul Food aims to be the …
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I’m Thankful for Publix Showing What’s Possible

Though some progress is being made, it’s still uncommon for commercial retailers in the U.S. with a predominantly white clientele to showcase African Americans in their advertising. I love this Thanksgiving commercial from Publix (a retail grocery chain) for several …
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Ida B.’s Table, Baltimore, MD

I can’t say enough about the excellent dining experience that I had at Ida B’s Table, a new, “modern soul food” restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland. The restaurant is named after civil rights legend Ida B. Wells. If you don’t know …
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Hoover’s Cooking, Austin, TX

I’ve known Hoover Alexander for more than a decade, thanks to the Southern Foodways Alliance. We served on its board together. We struck up a friendship, so every time I’m in Austin, I look him up. I love visiting his …
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A Taste of Piedmont-style BBQ

Thanks to friends Carroll Leggett and Peter Hairston, I grubbed on some Piedmont-style bbq by visiting Lexington Barbecue, also known as Honey Monk’s. I had a coarse chopped pork plate with reddish bbq slaw, pickles, fries, hush puppies, Cheerwine and …
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