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#5 Table & Plate Bites of Wisdom

To gain wisdom and knowledge about the world of food it’s important to understand the interconnectedness of eating to history, culture, politics, recipes (or not), new and well loved cookbooks, community action, thought leaders, and a multitude of stories in this case focusing on the African Diaspora. This morning, I got up early, went to check on my house building site, and left pleased and grateful for the progress so far. March Table & Plate Bites of Wisdom are featured below with a picture of my light late breakfast of avocado toast, orange slices, and coffee. Enjoy.

Community Gardens & Local Farms

The Black Farmers Network is an online hub for rural, African-American farmers to share innovative stories, products and services. This digital directory also educates about resources available to help black farmers sustain.

https://blackfarmersnetwork.com/


I follow this brother, Timothy Hammond aka Big City Gardener, on Instagram. He has a very nice beginning gardener series on his blog.

https://www.bigcitygardener.com/


Food Policy, Politics & Social Justice

Read and listen to Marcia Chatelain as she talks on Bite, a podcast about food and politics, about her new book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.

https://www.motherjones.com/food/2020/03/mcdonalds-black-america-franchise-marcia-chatelain-mlk-assassination-calvin-job-fast-food-capitalism-civil-rights/


Read how the narrative on the history of American food is being rewritten and expanded by Black culinary historians.

https://www.yesmagazine.org/social-justice/2020/02/26/food-african-american-history/


Leah Penniman writes on Black farmers are using climate-resilient farming techniques to survive and thrive.

https://civileats.com/2020/01/20/black-farmers-are-embracing-climate-resilient-farming/


Culture Eats: Habits, Cooking, Networks and Business

Meet Tracye McQuirter, award-winning author, speaker, activist, public health nutritionist, and vegan trailblazer. Through this article learn about her most recent endeavor, the10,000 Black Vegan Women movement.

https://www.chowhound.com/food-news/257048/tracye-mcquirter-10000-black-vegan-women/


Meet Deijha Gordan, who left the U.S., moved to Ghana, and started a food truck, Vu’s Jerk Hut, in the city of Accra.

https://www.blackenterprise.com/meet-the-young-woman-who-left-the-u-s-to-open-a-food-truck-in-ghana/


“…one reason – among others – as to why Memphis Black Restaurant Week is needed…it brings more people to restaurants like Ballhoggerz BBQ in Orange Mound, [to] chip away at the fears, fears that are driven mostly by double-standards and racism, that prevent restaurateurs in black neighborhoods from generating the revenue that their quality work should be generating.

https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2020/03/12/memphis-black-restaurant-week-tonyaa-weathersbee/5011376002/


Must try to attend Resistance Served next year. This conference founded by Ashtin Berry and Kisira Hill, and produced by their creative content agency Radical Xchange, gathers people from the food and beverage industries to celebrate the work of Black and African Americans in the field of hospitality through workshops, meals, and experiential events.

https://civileats.com/2020/02/28/resistance-served-2020-centers-the-power-of-black-women-in-food/


Now that I’ve looked them up, I’ve got to visit these two restaurants in Columbus and Oxford, MS.

https://www.wcbi.com/the-role-locally-black-owned-restaurants-play-in-north-mississippi/


Meet Anthony and Janique Edwards, who created the app, EatOkra, to connect users to Black-owned restaurants in over 30 cities across the country.

https://www.blackenterprise.com/new-york-based-couple-creates-app-to-find-black-owned-restaurants/


Ryan Walker-Hartshorn writes how to enjoy several Black-owned restaurants and other sites in Washington, DC over a big weekend visit or actually anytime.

https://www.bonappetit.com/gallery/washington-dc-black-owned-restaurants


Interesting piece on James and Peter Hemings, who are acknowledged as America’s first Black celebrity chefs.

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/from-slaves-to-americas-first-black-celebrity-chefs-meet-brothers-james-and-peter-hemings


Not to keep a huge burger down, John Hunt will open Union Burger as a food cart on March 21 in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Portland, OR.

https://www.wweek.com/restaurants/2020/03/11/a-former-co-owner-of-stoopid-burger-is-opening-a-new-food-cart-next-week/


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