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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August 12, 2019 01:49:35
Amplifying Black culinary history with Therese Nelson

Amplifying Black culinary history with Therese Nelson

Therese Nelson is a chef, writer, culinary historian, and founder of Black Culinary History, a website and social network she founded in 2008 to preserve Black heritage throughout the African culinary diaspora; to celebrate and network chefs of color, and to stewart in this next era of modern black foodways. She is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, where she earned dual degrees in culinary arts and restaurant management. In addition to her work curating blackculinaryhistory.com Therese works as a private chef based in NYC and is a frequent contributor to food publications focusing on black identity in American gastronomy. ...

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August 05, 2019 01:01:58
Writing Deliciously with Brittany Hutson

Writing Deliciously with Brittany Hutson

Brittany has a passion and expertise in storytelling, which has led to a 10+ year career in print and radio journalism. She's written for publications like Black Enterprise, Essence, The Wall Street Journal, and Eater Detroit, to name a few, covering entrepreneurship, community development, food, and culture. In 2017 she launched Fed & Bougie, a food & lifestyle blog, that celebrated people of color in the food industry. On her blog, she features Black-owned restaurants, highlights food-centered events, and shares snippets of her own life, such as trekking through spice farms in Zanzibar. ...

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July 29, 2019 00:51:36
Creating wine legacies with Nicole Kearney

Creating wine legacies with Nicole Kearney

“My serious relationship with wine began in 2008, when I attended graduate school for my Master in Fine Arts (MFA) at Spalding University, Low Residency MFA program, in Louisville, Kentucky. Surrounded by writers of all genres – playwrights, screenwriters, fiction, non-fiction, and poets – we discussed our lives, our work, and our craft over drinks. Wine, to be specific. Each subsequent residency we would bring wines to introduce to each other. It was there my passion for wine was ignited. I shared what I learned with others; helping many a wine drinker find their way from, “I only drink…” to, “Wow, this wine is delicious.” This always gave me great pleasure. In 2011, my good friend Mark gifted me a 32-bottle wine refrigerator as a housewarming gift. Of course, I had to fill it! I had a party asking people to bring wine. I gave them some parameters (I drank red almost exclusively at that time) and sent my friends on a wine hunt around town. It was an incredible success. My guests got to try different wines and my wine chest was magically filled. Little did I know, I had just hosted my first home wine tasting. In 2015, my interest in doing home wine tastings was refueled after several incidents occurred at corporate wine tastings – my name not being on the attendee list; my guests almost being turned away, being seated in the back and sushed continuously despite my wine tribe purchasing wine. The spark ignited, a dream set in motion. Sip & Share Wine started and still continues to do home wine tastings pouring African American and women winemakers into the intimacy of ...

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July 22, 2019 00:50:16
Amplifying Black culinary excellence with Angela Burke and Chef Evelyn Shelton

Amplifying Black culinary excellence with Angela Burke and Chef Evelyn Shelton

Angela Burke | Founder of Black Food & Beverage Angela Burke owns a PR company that specializes in food marketing. Black Food and Beverage began as a  passion project and grew into a  mission  "expanding the narrative by amplifying the voices of black F&B professionals. The stories of our community are robust and until we are included in conversations around food and beverage, the narrative remains incomplete. Support Black Food and Beverage by spreading the word about their work and getting connected through social media. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter, and purchase a  Black Food & Beverage tote. Also, check out the following list of incredible folks who make the F&B industry a better place. Please support them and follow their work: Cuisine Noire, Equity at the Table (EATT), Adrian Miller, Therese Nelson, Radical Xchange, SheChef, Nicole A. Taylor, Bryant Terry, Michael Twitty, Whetstone Magazine, Korsha Wilson.   Chef Evelyn Shelton | Chef/Owner of Evelyn’s Food Love Chef Shelton took on culinary life full-time, after retiring as a hospital administrator. She always dreamed of opening a restaurant and went back to college to get a degree in culinary arts. Chef Shelton is a Kendall College grad,  with years of experience managing healthcare food services and as a personal chef.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/afrosandknivespod/message ...

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July 15, 2019 01:14:13
Being the change you want to see with Chef Quisha Ibraheem

Being the change you want to see with Chef Quisha Ibraheem

Apply the traits of a child from a Jewish mother fused with Middle Eastern teachings to a Black woman in the Mid - West and you’d get Chef Q. Ibraheem. Culinary art school was on a farm in Georgia, a chair to stand on over the stovetop while being taught recipes in her mother’s kitchen and her father’s halal poultry shop in Detroit’s Eastern Market, America’s largest farmers market. Chef Q’s hospitality career began immediately after high school in Greek restaurants, where she began in the front of the house. Determined to cook, she applied for a culinary apprenticeship where she was given the opportunity to apprentice with a Top Chef. Traveling through the restaurant scenes in Detroit, Atlanta, and Chicago, she scored a position at Michelin starred Elizabeth, and moved quickly to another kitchen to work as an Executive Sous Chef. After acquiring the skills for training staff that became kitchen teams, she became an Executive Sous Chef, Executive chef, and then Corporate Executive Chef at P.S. It’s Social a restaurant training program for ex-offenders and at-risk young adults. Chef Q develops culinary arts curricula for workforce development programs and 501c3’s that focus on cultural awareness through food diversity. Her curricula have been implemented by Oakton Community College / Workforce Development Department where she began a new passion as a culinary art instructor. She showcases her culinary, educational, and agricultural backgrounds at private dinner tables as Owner & Executive Chef of Teertsemasesottehg - Secret Location Underground Supper Club and employs youth that has completed her culinary training programs. Chef Q.Ibraheem serves as President on the board of The Evanston Food Exchange, an organization that focuses on 86’n food ...

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July 08, 2019 00:59:30
Celebrating Sisterhood with Chef Catina Smith

Celebrating Sisterhood with Chef Catina Smith

Chef Cat has a lifelong passion for food and cooking. She received her degree in Professional Cooking from Baltimore International College. After graduating she entered the Air Force Reserves and joined the Army Corps of Engineers. In addition to her culinary degree, she holds a Bachelor’s in Organizational Management and is pursuing her Masters's in Acquisition and Procurement Management. When deployed, she managed a dining facility that fed over seven thousand troops daily.  She was the sous chef for Guy Fieri's Kitchen and Bar at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore. She has been the executive chef of a dining company and at Dovecote Cafe. She currently operates her own culinary business, Culinary Socialite, and is a member of the board for The Food Project. She is the founder of Just Call Me Chef, a professional networking organization for Black women in the culinary industry. ...

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