Category Archives: Soul Food Scholar

BBQ Advisory–BigMista’s Barbecue & Sammich Shop, Long Beach, CA

I was going to post this in a few days, but I just saw this in Jenn Harris’s June 19th “Daily Dish” column for the Los Angeles Times: “Long Beach is about to lose some serious BBQ. Neil Strawder and …
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BBQ Advisory–Bludso’s Bar & Que, Los Angeles, CA

This is a throwback post! I was in Los Angeles last January for the 2018 NAACP Image Awards. My book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet, was nominated for “Outstanding Literary Work–Non-fiction.” As you probably know, I’m always “researching” soul food and barbecue …
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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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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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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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