Afros and Knives

A bi-weekly, award-winning series that highlights the work and thoughtful conversations of Black women working and leading at the intersections of food and beverage, people and culture. We cover everything from the global impact of ...more

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February 03, 2022 01:12:57
Building a baking legacy with Yahshimabet Sellassie

Building a baking legacy with Yahshimabet Sellassie

Yahshimabet Sellassie, Founder & CEO of Yahshi Bakes, developed her culinary interest at the tender age of four. Born in Oakland as a vegetarian to entrepreneur parents in fine arts, design, bodywork, radio journalism, and the restaurant business, she naturally blossomed into her creative energy field. From an early age, she gravitated towards the arts, later developing a passion for cooking and baking. Yahshimabet is influenced by her Jamaican father and her mother's Ethiopian roots, incorporating traditional spices into her cuisine. Her passion for representing her heritage stems from exposure to spices' medicinal properties and how her ancestors cultivated them. Korerima (Ethiopian cardamom) is freshly ground to infuse into her pastries, such as orange cardamom coffeecake and almond cardamom shortbread cookies providing a warming and floral note. At age twelve, Yahshimabet competed for eight rounds in the Kid's Baking Championship on Food Network and landed the series's runner-up position, gaining media attention worldwide. People began to request her products on an international level, desperate to try Yahshi Bakes, "A Taste of Heaven." Yahshimabet began hosting monthly pop-ups at Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, where crowds gathered in lines out the door with reusable containers to experience her sweetness. Rich chocolate salted caramel cupcakes, lemongrass raspberry cake, and ginger spice cookies simply tantalize the taste buds. Yahshimabet's high standards coupled with her devotion to quality naturally led to Yahshi Bakes' growth. Yahshimabet is currently working part-time at As Kneaded Bakery, navigating online college classes, managing Yahshi Bakes full time. Her future plans include: Investing in a commercial kitchen space, curating a team of employees to fulfill orders on a larger scale, traveling the world, opening a cafe and more greatness! ...

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February 03, 2022 01:39:47
Talking Food Science with Brittany Towers

Talking Food Science with Brittany Towers

Brittany Towers (@theblackfoodscientist) has her BS & MS degree in Food Science from The Ohio State University, Certified Culinary Science degree from the Research Chef Association and has been in the food industry for 8 years and has worked on over 30 food & beverage products you see on the store shelves today including brands like Gatorade, Tropicana & Propel. Her love for food and science propelled her to start her science-focused Instagram page @theblackfoodscientist where she teaches her followers science concepts that everyone can understand by relating them back to foods and beverages. She also pushes healthy (and sometimes indulgent) eating on her page by posting Meatless Monday recipes each week to get people out of their comfort zones with healthy vegetarian/vegan meals that will help save people money, improve overall health and help save the environment. With a passion for teaching, she is also involved in many non-profit organizations teaching students about food science and careers in STEM. An Ohio native now living in Chicago, Brittany lives in the city with her husband Brandon and dog Basil. When she is not teaching others she is trying out new recipes, ordering out delicious food Chicago has to offer, running outside with her family, and teaching Pure Barre in Chicago --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/afrosandknivespod/message ...

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January 19, 2022 01:13:24
Chocolate to the roots with Jinji Fraser

Chocolate to the roots with Jinji Fraser

Jinji is a Baltimore, Maryland native, and alumni of Indiana University. She spent her earliest professional years working in the Non-profit sector and Retail before working as a nutrition counselor in 2012. Shortly thereafter, Jinji studied the craft of chocolate making, opening Pure Chocolate by Jinji with her father; tapping into a decades-old ancestral calling she continues to explore today through travel, writing, and production. Jinji lives in Baltimore City with her husband, Paul, and son, Stokely Ashe. Chocolate & Justice is a web series we do at our shop that's accessible from anywhere via Zoom. We interview various people across our industry, and outside of what we do as well to understand how justice and liberation play in our everyday lives as Makers. New episodes are available now! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/afrosandknivespod/message ...

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January 19, 2022 00:41:26
Stories untold with Christilisa Gilmore

Stories untold with Christilisa Gilmore

Christilisa is an Alabama girl who went to high school in Ohio and ended up in New Orleans for college and decided to stay. My first job was at Cici's Pizza in Massillon, Ohio where she began as and worked her way to prep. Once she made her way to New Orleans, she did what most students do when they are there, work at a bar.  She chose a spot on Bourbon Street, of course, because she wanted to be where the action was. She found a job at a daiquiri shop, where she made...you guessed it, pizza (and calzones)! After a few years of working the nightlife, she moved into the world of tourism and worked for a tour and steamboat company in the French Quarter. The Steamboat is also a cruising restaurant, so she found herself working in proximity to food. This is where she learned about selling, storytelling, and crafting stories. Before jumping back into the business world, she tried her hand at writing. with an online publication, NolaDefender (now defunct), and started her journey as an unpaid journalist. She learned how to interview people, research, and write some compelling stories about music, food, and the culture of New Orleans. When she left the Steamboat, she found a job that changed everything. Starting as a sales assistant she learned about every aspect of the business.  She wrote and edited recipes, was the occasional sous chef for Iron Chef-style competitions and sold cooking classes and special events. The biggest lesson was how the right story will bring the right people and situations into your life. All of those jobs and skills have led her to this ...

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January 07, 2022 01:02:32
Building a food community with Black Food Folks

Building a food community with Black Food Folks

Black Food Folks is a fellowship of black professionals working in food and beverage, food media, and events. The group was co-founded by a Brooklyn-based photographer specializing in food, drinks, and events, Clay Williams. He shoots assignments for The New York Times, The James Beard Foundation and Edible Brooklyn; and Director of Culinary Community Initiatives for the James Beard Foundation, Colleen Vincent. We discuss the necessity of sharing our own food stories, the current challenges facing the community of black food professionals, and what the future could look like for Black food. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/afrosandknivespod/message ...

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January 07, 2022 01:06:41
Be the maverick of your own life- a conversation with Grace Ouma-Cabezas

Be the maverick of your own life- a conversation with Grace Ouma-Cabezas

Grace Ouma-Cabezas is the Head of Growth for Poppy Seed Health, her previous role was as VP of kitchen and home brand Food52. She is a marketing executive with over a decade of experience, Grace has provided strategic vision and marketing positioning for a wide range of brands. Before making her way to Food52, she spent time in the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle media space at GLAMSQUAD and Birchbox — but her heart has always been in the kitchen. In 2019, Grace was named one of the Top Women in Media by Folio: Based in NYC where she’s been for 13 years in her chosen home of Harlem, she’s a Jersey-native and proud daughter of Kenyan immigrants.  She’s lived and studied in South Africa and lived and worked in Spain. Her multicultural perspective is a key part of her customer-first marketing philosophy and her view on the unique power of food in building cross-cultural connections. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/afrosandknivespod/message ...

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