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Upcoming Events


  • African American Read-In Celebration, Skyline High School, Oakland, CA, Feb. 4,
  • Government Cheese: A Celebration of Mac ‘n’ Cheese in Presidential History, New World Cheese, Denver, CO, Feb. 6, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Mardi Gras Celebration Guest Chef, Lagunita Dining Hall, Stanford University, Feb. 9.
  • African Studies Center lunch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Feb. 12.
  • Boricua Soul Food Truck at Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave., Durham, NC, Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Black History Month Presentation, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Lakewood, CO, Feb. 23rd.
  • Soul Food Lunch, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, Feb. 25.
  • Young African American Men Summit, Smoky Hill High School, Feb. 27.
  • Louisville, KY, March 4-6.
  • Soul Food dinner, Boulder, CO, March 10.
  • Food Lover’s Book Club, Cherry Creek-Ross Public Library, Denver, CO, April 13, 6 p.m.
  • New Hampshire Writers Conference, April 23.
  • Omnivore Books, San Francisco, CA, May 12.
  • Stanford Black Alumni Association at Stanford Sierra Camp, May 13-15.
  • Camp Bacon, Zingerman’s Deli, Ann Arbor, MI, June 1-5.

Past Events


  • Stanford Dallas Fort Worth Holiday Party, Dallas, TX, Dec. 5.
  • History of Soul Food, Stanford Club of Austin, Hoover’s Cooking, 2002 Manor Road, Austin, TX, Dec. 3.
  • Rotary Club of Golden, Rolling Hills Country Club, Golden, CO, Nov. 17.
  • “Theology of Barbecue,” Sunday School class, Wellshire Presbyterian Church, Denver, CO, Nov. 15.
  • DU (University of Denver) Literary Speakers series, Harvest Bible Chapel, Denver, CO Oct. 27.
  • Georgetown University Law Center Class of 1995 Alumni Party, Washington, D.C., Oct. 16.
  • Afternoon with Alumni Authors, Stanford Black Alumni Association of Southern California, Playa Vista Branch Library, Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 10.
  • Celebrity judge at BBQ and Salsa Cookoff, 3300 Holly, Denver, CO, Sept. 26.
  • Author event at BookBar, 4280 Tennyson, Denver, CO, Sept. 12.
  • Inspiring White House Chefs, DenverWorks 20th Anniversary Gala, Denver Tivoli July 30.
  • Soul Food webinar with Carole Copeland Thomas, July 28.
  • Dallas Stanford Black Alumni Association Book Event, J. Erik Johnson Central Library, Dallas, TX, July 12.
  • Massachusetts Council of Churches Benefit Dinner and Book Talk, Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, Boston, MA, June 29, 6:30 pm EST.
  • Theology of Soul Food Luncheon, Bethel A.M.E. Church, Boston, MA, June 28, 1 p.m.
  • “From Collards to Caviar” presentation, Soul Summit, Austin, TX, June 20, 11 a.m CST.
  • Soul food cooking demonstration, Central Market, Austin, TX, June 18, 6:30 p.m. CST.
  • Hope and Wellness Show,” BLIS FM, Washington, DC, June 14, 5 to 6 pm EST.
  • Soul Food dinner to benefit the Sam Cary Bar Association, Grand Lake, CO, June 6, 6:30 p.m.
  • Centus Partners Launch Party, Parker, CO, June 5, 6:30 p.m.
  • “Black Chefs in the White House,” Cooks & Books lunch, Fearrington Village, NC, May 2s, 1 p.m. EST.
  • “State of Things” radio show, WUNC-91.5 FM, Chapel Hill, NC, May 29, 10 a.m. EST.
  • “North Carolina Story Through Food” panel, Carolina Cornucopia Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, May 30, 12:30 EST.
  • Soul Food dinner to benefit Harvest of Hope Charity, May 19.
  • “Storytellers: Knowing Our Histories & Sharing Our Legacies” panelist, Stanford National Black Alumni Summit, Atlanta, GA, May 1, 11:30 am.
  • Colorado Interlibrary Loan Conference, Broadmoor, CO, April 30, 1 pm.
  • “Cultivating Food Justice” symposium panelist, University of Colorado at Denver, CO, April 10.
  • Highland Church soul food fundraising dinner, Denver, CO, March 30.
  • “Hunger, Food and Faith,” St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Denver, CO, March 19.
  • Stanford Dining Mardi Gras Event, Stanford, CA, Feb. 17.
  • “Black Chefs in the White House,” Denver Eclectics, Denver, CO, Feb. 9.
  • First Universalist Church Book Club, Denver, CO, Feb. 9.
  • Adult Education Class, Central Presbyterian Church, Denver, CO, Feb. 8.
  • Bantam + Biddy One Year Anniversary Party, Atlanta, GA, Jan. 11.
  • Guest lecture at Johnson & Wales University, Denver, CO Campus, Jan. 13
  • Big Jones Restaurant, Chicago, IL, Jan. 18.
  • Eat Your Words Book Club, Denver, CO, Jan. 19


  • Miami Book Fair International, Miami, FL, Nov. 22.
  • University Club of Denver, Denver, CO, Nov. 14.
  • Global Soul, DU Enrichment Course, Denver, CO, Oct. 25, Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Nov. 18.
  • Texas Book Festival cooking demonstration, Austin, TX, Oct. 25.
  • Back-to-School Barbecue sponsored by Donner Dormitory and Crothers Hall, Stanford, CA, Oct. 12.
  • Ecumenical Hunger Program dinner, Palo Alto, CA, Oct. 11.
  • Stanford Black Alumni Association of Washington, DC author panel discussion, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, Oct. 5.
  • Keynote address at the “Soul Food: A Contemporary and Historical Exploration of New South Food,” Center for the Study of the New South, Charlotte, NC, Oct. 2.
  • William Doyle Inns of Court, University Club of Denver, Sept. 17.
  • Association of Food Journalists Conference, Sept. 9-12.
  • Soul Food Dinner, Rye Restaurant, Kansas City, Sept. 6.
  • A Taste of Colorado, cooking demonstration, Denver, CO, Sept. 1.
  • National Book Festival, Washington, D.C., Culinary Arts Pavilion, Washington Convention Center, Aug. 29.
  • Fried chicken dinner, Brennan’s of Houston Restaurant, Houston, TX, July 31.
  • Cooking demonstration and dinner, Brennan’s of Houston Restaurant, Houston, TX, July 30.
  • Briarpatch Book Club, Centennial, CO, July 27.
  • Rotary Club of Southeast Denver, Cherry Hills Village, CO, July 24.
  • “Soul Food and Salvador Dali,” Re-Mixed Tastes, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, CO, July 17.
  • Black Caucus of the American Library Association Awards Ceremony, Las Vegas, NV, June 29.
  • Stanford Alumni Club of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, June 28.
  • Southern Foodways Alliance Summer Symposium, Jackson, TN, June 21.
  • History Colorado, Denver, CO, June 3.
  • The Cotton Museum, Memphis, TN, May 25.
  • South Carolina Book Festival, Columbia, SC, May 17.
  • Southern Food Writing Conference, Knoxville, TN, May 15-16.
  • James Beard Foundation Award Dinner, New York, NY, May 2.
  • University of Denver, Denver, CO, May 1.
  • Stanford Colorado Gathers,” Rocky Mountain Stanford Association, Denver. CO, April 29.
  • TEDxYouth@DSST Talk, Denver School of Science and Technology, Denver. CO, April 24.
  • Zingerman’s Deli, Ann Arbor, MI, April 22.
  • East High School guest lecture, Denver, CO, April 10.
  • Park Hill Elementary Fundraiser, Cora Faye’s, Denver, CO, April 4.
  • Slow Food Denver, Cora Faye’s, Denver, CO, April 3.
  • Women with Words Book Club, Centennial, CO, March 29.
  • The History of Soda Pop, Adult Education Class, Wellshire Presbyterian Church, March 14.
  • Black Chefs in the White House, Old Salem Museum & Gardens, Winston-Salem, NC, March 8.
  • Schlessman Public Library, 100 E. Poplar Street, Denver, CO, March 5.
  • Stanford Club of Georgia, Atlanta Country Club, Atlanta, GA, March 2.
  • Soul Food Happy Hour, The Shed at Glenwood, 475 Bill Kennedy Way, Atlanta, GA, March 1.
  • Soul Food discussion, Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, GA, Feb. 27.
  • Soul Food Sunday at United Church of Montbello, Denver, CO, Feb. 23.
  • Black History Month Celebration with The Academy of Urban Learning, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 960 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO, Feb. 23.
  • Culinary Historians of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Feb. 22.
  • Soul food and Black Chefs in the White House, Savory Spice Shop, 1537 Platte Street, Denver, CO, Feb. 19.
  • University of Denver Monthly Book Club Discussion, The Loft, Penrose Library, DU Campus, Feb. 18.
  • Soul Food Presentation, Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Circle, Centennial, CO, Feb. 12.
  • University of Colorado at Denver, Black Staff and Faculty Affinity Group Black History Month event at CU-Denver, Denver, CO, Feb. 7.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Black Employment Program Black History Month program speaker, Denver, CO, Feb. 6.
  • Black Student Alliance Soul Food Cooking Demonstration, CU Boulder, Feb. 5.
  • Books on Review, Shadesland Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA, Jan. 30.
  • Book signing and community greet, The Farm, Minden, LA,  Jan. 18.
  • The Dream Dinner, The Farm, Minden, LA, Jan. 18.
  • Book signing, Multicultural Center of the South, Shreveport, LA, Jan. 17.
  • Book signing event with Book Passage, San Francisco Farmer’s Market, Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA, Jan. 4.


  • Book signing at Gallagher Books, 1428 S. Broadway, Denver, CO, 80210, Dec. 7.
  • Book signing at Hoover’s Home Cooking, 2002 Manor Rd, Austin, TX, Dec. 2.
  • 100 Men Who Cook, Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street, Denver, CO, Nov. 30.
  • “Indies First” “at The Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206, Nov. 30.
  • Books, Bites & Brews, a benefit for Douglas County Public Libraries, Castle Pines, CO, Nov. 9, 2013.
  • Mixed Tastes lecture, Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, Oct. 22.
  • Book signing at Savory Spice Shop Ft. Collins, CO, Oct. 19.
  • Cooking demonstration, The Cupboard, Ft. Collins, CO, Oct. 18.
  • Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN, Oct. 11.
  • Book signing event at Geechee Girl Rice Café, 6825 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, Oct. 1.
  • Book signing event at Florida Avenue Grill, 1100 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, the nation’s oldest soul food joint, Sept. 26.
  • Soul Food and Bourbon discussion and book signing event, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1604 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA, Sept. 21.
  • Denver Eclectics, Sept. 18.
  • Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC, 3 p.m. book signing event, Sept. 8.
  • BOOKMARKS Festival of Books, 3:30 p.m., Winston-Salem, NC, book reading and signing, Sept. 7.
  • “Eat and Greet with Adrian Miller,” Sweet Potatoes restaurant, 529 N. Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NCSept. 7.
  • The Tattered Cover Bookstore, (Colfax Avenue location) 2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO, 7:30 p.m., book reading and signing, Aug. 27.
  • Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA, 1:45 p.m., book reading and signing, Aug. 31.
  • Forty Decades and a Meal Book Launch Event, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Denver, CO, Aug. 17.
  • “Black Chefs in the White House,” a fundraising event for Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church and the Colorado Black Health Collaborative. We will be joined by special guest and former White House Executive Chef Walter Scheib (1994-2005),Denver, CO, June 8.
  • “Healthy Soul Food,” Jack and Jill–Denver Chapter, Denver, CO, April 6.
  • Soul Food,” World Awareness Day, Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, CO, March 28.
  • Scholars, Scribes and Storytellers,” Blair-Caldwell Public Library, Denver, CO, March 11.
  • “Black Chefs in the White House,” Black History Month Presentation, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Haeur & Feld LLP, Feb. 25, 2012, Washington, D.C.
  • “Soul Food,” African American Month Kickoff Celebration, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Mountain Plains Regional Office, Feb. 13, Denver.
  • “The History of Chicken and Waffles,” Denver Eclectics, Jan. 30, 2013, Denver, CO.
  • Community Cinema Screening and Panel Discussion of Soul Food Junkies, Rocky Mountain PBS, Jan. 20, 2013.


  • “Black Chefs in the White House,” Inspiring Minds, Nov. 12, 2012, Denver, CO.
  • “Home Cooking in the White House,” FosterSports annual fundraiser, Oct. 20, 2012, Denver, CO.
  • Sister 2 Sister gathering, July 21, 2012, Broomfield, CO.
  • Black Chefs in the White House Presentation, April 12, 2012, Democratic National Convention Speakers Series, Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, NC.
  • Black Chefs in the White House Presentation, March 1, 2012, The Virginia Club of New York, New York, NY.
  • Coffee with the Authors, Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, Feb. 25, 2012, Denver, CO.
  • Black Chefs in the White House Presentation, February 9, 2012, “Reality Bites” series, Yale Dining, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
  • “Space Weather and Kool-Aid Pickles,” Mixed Tastes Lecture (with Craig DeForest), Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Feb. 3, 2012, Denver, CO.


  • History of Soul Food, November 11, 2011, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  • History of Barbecue, November 7 & 9, 2011, Denver Eclectics, Denver, CO.
  • Culinate Table Talk on southern cooking with me, Virginia Willis and Sandra Gutierrez, Thursday, October 6, 2011.
  • “Hungry in the South” symposium keynote, September 17, 2011, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, New Orleans, LA.
  • “Chicken and Waffles and the Ice Ages,” Mixed Tastes Lecture (with Kirk Johnson), Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Feb. 11, 2011, Denver, CO.



  • “Hot Sauce and Jewish Mysticism,” Mixed Tastes Lecture (with Rabbi Levi Brackman), Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, June 26, 2009, Denver, CO.
  • “Black Chefs in the White House,” Jan. 20, 2009, Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI.


  • “Soda Pop and Death Rituals of Borneo,” Mixed Tastes Lecture (with Christina Kreps), Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, June 12, 2008, Denver, CO.


  • “Soul Food and Existentialism,” Mixed Tastes Lecture (with Maria Talero), Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, August 9, 2007, Denver, CO.