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June 2021

Black Smoke: The African American BBQ Experience with Adrian Miller

June 26 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm MDT

BBQ is a signature cornerstone of American foodways, but most "cueheads" don't appreciate the role that Black barbecuers, pitmasters, and restaurateurs have played in making it so. On Saturday, June 26, join the Center for Culinary Culture in welcoming certified BBQ judge Adrian Miller, the James Beard Award-winning author of BLACK SMOKE: AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THE UNITED STATES OF BARBECUE, to MORNING CALL for a colorful tale of Black perseverance, culinary innovation, and entrepreneurship. ADMISSION IS FREE WITH RSVP at https://bit.ly/350Sdd7.…

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Black Smoke at the Commonwealth Club of California

June 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT
Commonwealth Club of California, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California 94105
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$5 – $39.50

In-person tickets are sold out; you can add your name to the waitlist. If you are not a member yet, now is the time to join our community and receive the great benefits of membership. We are a group of people seeking truth, insight and wisdom about the issues we face as individuals and as a society. Please join! You can become a monthly sustaining member for just $10 a month. This July 4, the country will be emerging from the pandemic to celebrate the…

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July 2021

Smithsonian Associates–Black Smoke

July 1 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm MDT
$20-2520 – $20-2525

Across America, the pure love and popularity of barbecue cookery has gone through the roof. Prepared in one regional style or another, in the South and beyond, barbecue is one of the nation’s most distinctive culinary arts. And people aren’t just eating it: They’re also reading books and articles and watching TV shows about it. But why is it, asks Adrian Miller—admitted ’cuehead and longtime certified barbecue judge—that in today’s barbecue culture African Americans don’t get much love? Drawing on…

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The Butler Did it! Presidential Cocktails with Adrian Miller

July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
Kimpton La Peer Hotel, 627 La Peer Drive
West Hollywood, California 90069 United States
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Presidential cocktails? POTUS potables? Whatever you call them, they've been equally critical in managing the affairs of state and maintaining the peace at home. On Monday, July 19, join The Cocktail Collection in welcoming Adrian Miller, the James Beard Award-winning author of THE PRESIDENT'S KITCHEN CABINET, to Los Angeles for a colorful, fun-filled and educational evening of cocktails, food, and the untold—and largely Black—history of White House tipples at the exclusive Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood.Admission includes five…

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Black Smoke–Kansas City Public Library Virtual Event

July 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm MDT

The U.S. barbecue capitals of Memphis, Texas, the Carolinas and, of course, Kansas City bring unique techniques, flavors, and traditions to slow-smoking meats. Each claims to produce the best ’cue in the country, and hundreds of teams compete regionally and nationally for preeminence. But often overlooked in our now widely embraced barbecue culture and history is the prominent role of African Americans.  In a discussion of his new book Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue, James Beard…

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August 2021

Black Smoke: A History of Black BBQ with Author Adrian Miller

August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT
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Curious about the history of barbecue in the United States? Learn about Black pit masters and barbecuers from author and food scholar Adrian Miller as he discusses his latest book, "Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue". Whether you prefer Kansas City or North Carolina style, gather to hear this "smoke-filled story of Black perseverance, culinary innovation, and entrepreneurship." A food truck will be on site at 5:30! No registration—just drop in for the duration of the…

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September 2021

Culture Clash: Fusing Culinary Traditions That Bring Us Together

$85 – $125

Join us at the rustic event venue Dandy for a mouthwatering evening of conversation and cuisine, curated by Radio Milwaukee’s food podcast “This Bites” and hosted by Tarik Moody. We’ll kick things off with culinary historian, barbecue judge, and James Beard Award winner Adrian Miller (featured in the Netflix series High on the Hog) discussing the rich culture of Black barbecuers, pitmasters, and restauranteurs throughout our nation’s history. Follow that up with our main course - a one-of-a-kind culinary event…

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October 2021

Southern Festival of the Book

October 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT

Few topics engender such strong opinions as barbecue. Experts John Shelton Reed (On Barbecue) and Adrian Miller (Black Smoke) help us break it down; the history, the technique, and the reason this ancient cooking technique create such passionate scholarship and discussion today. This session is part of our "A More Perfect Union" track, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Ft. Worth Reads Adrian Miller

October 11 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT

An online discussion of "Black Smoke" with Q&A from the audience. This event is hosted by the Fort Worth Public Library System.

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Texas Book Festival

October 26 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm MDT

Certified Kansas City Barbecue Society Judge Adrian Miller returns to Texas Book Festival to discuss Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue—part twenty-two-recipe book, part a chronicle of how Black barbecuers, pitmasters, and restauranteurs have enriched the culture of barbecue. Sponsored by H-E-B and Central Market Moderator: Nadia Chaudhury, Eater Austin editorFormat: This is a live, virtual event on CrowdCast (RSVP link above).Chat: Feel free to use the chat box in CrowdCast to share your thoughts and virtually cheer for and share kudos…

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Six Bridges Book Festival

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT

Adrian Miller is a food writer, James Beard Award winner, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, Colorado. He is the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches. Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue, which features 22 recipes, chronicles how Black barbecuers, pitmasters, and restauranteurs helped develop this cornerstone of American foodways and how they are coming into their own today. Sponsored by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free…

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November 2021

A Soulful Thanksgiving with Hue-Man Experience

November 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MST

The Hue-Man Experience at Tattered Cover presents barbecue expert, Adrian Miller for a conversation on the history of Black soul food and its relation to Thanksgiving dinner. This event will take place at our McGregor Square location on Friday, November 12th, at 6pm MT. Adrian Miller is a food writer, James Beard Award winner, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, Colorado. Miller’s first book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time won…

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