By The Black Foodies
Cooking For A Cause: South Side Chefs Revival and Homecoming
Dr. Edna Lewis
Dr. Edna Lewis was an African-American chef, author and teacher that specialized in Southern cooking techniques. She took pride in her use of fresh seasonal produce and helped redefine Southern cuisine. In 1948, Dr. Lewis was the chef at the wildly popular Café Nicholson in New York City. Marlon Brando, Tennessee Williams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Howard Hughes and Gloria Vanderbilt were just a few of the A-listers that frequented Café Nicholson. Her cookbooks include: The Edna Lewis Cookbook (1972); The Taste of Country Cooking (1976); and, In Pursuit of Flavor (1988). She won a James Beard Living Legend Award, along with other awards and accolades that are just too numerous to mention here. Edna Lewis inspired a whole generation of African-American chefs to be innovative in the kitchen and to strive for excellence. After her death in 2006, at the age of 89, the Edna Lewis Foundation was created in 2012 to revive and preserve the rich history of African-American cookery, by cultivating a deeper understanding of Southern food and culture in America.
Chef Paul Fehribach Big Jones Restaurant
Paul Fehribach, chef and owner of Big Jones Restaurant in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, serves on the Board of Directors for the Edna Lewis Foundation and has decided to bring together some of Chicago’s top African-American chefs and restaurateurs for the first South Side Chefs Revival and Homecoming. This event is a part of the second annual Chicago Tribune Food Bowl. https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-food-bowl-chicago-launch-2019-0620-20190620-urpknvh4mra4tew3dkz56fodyi-story.html?outputType=amp. The event will be held August 11 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Parkway Ballroom, located at 4455 South King Drive in Chicago’s Bronzeville Community. “The date has significance – Edna Lewis’ church in Freetown, Virginia had their annual revival and homecoming on the second Sunday of August each year,”Chef Fehibach told us. He also conveyed,“I wanted to be sure that with the media frenzy around the food bowl, the South Side would be represented, and black chefs also. This seemed like a good way to do it, to honor Edna Lewis’ life, and to celebrate Chicago’s black chef community.” Proceeds from the event will help benefit the Edna Lewis Foundation scholarship program.
Chef Darnell Reed Luella’s Southern Kitchen and Luella’s Gospel Bird
Participating chefs include: Chef Bernard Bennett, Big Jones Restaurant; Chef Maya-Camille Broussard, Justice of the Pies; Chef Cedric Harden, River Roast; Chef Stephanie Hart, Brown Sugar Bakery; Chef Brian Jupiter, Frontier & Ina Mae’s; Chef Lamar Moore, Swill Inn; Chef Kristopher Murray, Bon Appetit Management; Chef Darnell Reed, Luella’s Southern Kitchen & Luella’s Gospel Bird; Chef Cliff Rome, Rome’s Joy; and, Chef Erick Williams, Virtue. So, make sure to clear your calendar for August 11 for the South Side Chef Revival and Homecoming. This culinary event will be sure to tickle your taste buds, all the while assisting some up-and-coming culinary minds achieve success in a highly competitive and rewarding career field. For more info and to purchase tickets, go to Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-side-chefs-revival-and-homecoming-tickets-64408754318/amp
Chef Cliff Rome Rome’s Joy Catering
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Chef Stephanie Hart Brown Sugar Bakery
Chef Erick Williams Virtue Restaurant