High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America

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Bun B’s Houston-Born Trill Burgers Lands Restaurant Residency In Vegas​


During its four-week residency at two Las Vegas hotel and casinos, Trill Burgers will also debut a new steakhouse-style burger Nov 2022,

Bun B and Mike Pham pose holding a plate with a Trill Burger and fries.
Trill Burgers co-founders Bun B and Mike Pham will debut a new steakhouse-style burger during their four-week residency in Las Vegas this fall.

On the heels of winning Good Morning America’s “Best Burger in America,” Houston hip-hop legend Bun B is taking his burger pop-up restaurant to Las Vegas.
From November 6 to December 3, Trill Burgers will partake in a four-week residency at both Luxor Hotel and Casino’s Public House and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s Libertine Social in Vegas, where it will serve Bun B’s signature smash burgers along with specials, including a steakhouse-style burger from Trill chef Mike Pham.
The pop-up is a part of Pepsi’s Dig In program, which launched its Restaurant Royalty program in May to assist, incubate, and generate exposure and support for Black-owned restaurants and the next Black restaurant industry leaders, according to a release.

Bun B, who is more formally known as Bernard James Freeman, says the residency and partnership with the Las Vegas MGM International casinos is “practically the biggest honor any chef can have,” noting that Trill Burgers will get to showcase its food offerings, while also learning what it's like to work on a grander scale and operate a food business in “dream kitchens” in one of the biggest tourist cities in the world.
“I get to actively see what it’s like for someone else to prepare the product,” says the rapper.
Trill Burgers’ steakhouse burger topped with cheese and onions with a side of fries and a drink.
Bun B hopes Trill Burgers’s new steakhouse-style burger will prove to be the best burger out there following its Vegas debut.

As a part of the program, the casino kitchens will prepare the burgers, showing just how Trill Burgers products, including its new steakhouse burger, could be scaled and replicated at different locations. The burger “still has a combination of flavors that are meaningful to the food experience, but we don’t want you to just like or love this burger,” he says. “We want this burger to be irreplaceable, proving that we’re much better than any other burger. We want this to be comparable to the best food experiences.”
Bun B says he never would have dreamed that the company would be operating in Las Vegas within the first two years of its launch.

Trill Burgers — the brainchild of Bun B, restaurateur Andy Nguyen of Bored & Hungry, and publicist Nick Scurfield — has operated solely as a pop-up since its launch in August 2021. It’s sold its burgers at major events including music festivals like California’s Coachella, Rolling Loud in Miami, and at the first-ever “hip hop food court” at LL Cool J’s Rock The Bells festival in New York. This summer, Trill sold thousands of burgers at its two pop-ups held in Houston, where the company plans to open a brick-and-mortar sometime this year.

Bun B likens some of the experience to his music career, where the promotion of an album similarly takes a lot of investment for promotion and a hands-on approach. “I put in the same care and concern as a restauranteur, as I do with my music,” Bun B says, but when it comes to the restaurant business, “I’m an amateur. There are a million things I do not know, but I’m doing the heavy lifting and trying to get people in to try the burger.”
Bun B holding two double-patty Trill Burger smash burgers loaded with cheese.
Bun B’s Trill Burger will take Vegas come November.

Bun says he plans to be on-site on Trill’s residency opening day on November 6 to welcome diners as they get their burger
 
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Virtual Pinkster Celebration: Culinary Historian Lavada Nahon on the History of Pinkster in New York​

May 26, 2021


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Join the Wyckoff House Museum and the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum for our first ever Virtual Pinkster Celebration! In this video, Lavada Nahon, culinary historian and Interpreter of African American History for the NYS Bureau of Historic Sites, delves into the history of Pinkster. What type of holiday is Pinkster, what did it mean to enslaved people in New York and New Netherlands, and why is it important to us today? Lavada walks us through how enslaved people would have celebrated Pinkster and what foods and tools they might have needed for their celebrations.

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What is Pentecost​

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What you need​

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How is this celebrated in your family's culture?
 
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we don't celebrate that. seems more like a NY African American thing

It is historically speaking but I've never seen any modern day NY Aframs celebrating it unless it's within the confines of some type of historical society.
 
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WYES-TV Announces New Series: ‘Leah’s Legacy’​

11/05/2022

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L to R: Edgar 'Dook' Chase IV, Zoe Chase, Cleo Robinson and Eve Haydel

NEW ORLEANS — WYES will celebrate legendary chef Leah Chase in a new cooking series featuring her family. Chase, who was known as the “Queen of Creole Cuisine,” died in 2019 after helming Dooky Chase’s restaurant for more than a half century.
The “Dooky Chase Kitchen: Leah’s Legacy” series began shooting this summer on location in the Dooky Chase kitchen with Leah’s grandson, Edgar “Dook” Chase IV, who now oversees the restaurant’s kitchen; her niece Cleo Robinson, who joined Leah in the kitchen in 1980; and the restaurant’s newest chef, Leah’s great-granddaughter Zoe Chase. Paired with some of the menus are specialty cocktails crafted by Leah’s granddaughter Eve Haydel, who has updated drink recipes from the restaurant’s earlier days.
Each program in the 26-part cooking series will explore a different chapter of the restaurant’s history. On an episode about distinguished guests, the Chase chefs will share a recipe for grits and quail that Chase served at the restaurant in 2008 to President George W. Bush. Another episode will celebrate the restaurant’s place in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Chefs will talk about the preparation of Creole Gumbo, a dish Chase served to Martin Luther King Jr. and other social activists when they held strategy sessions in the restaurant’s upstairs dining room in the 1960s.
“The Dooky Chase Kitchen: Leah’s Legacy” will be ready for national release in Spring 2023.
 
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Omar Tate & Cybille St.Aude-Tate on Celebrating Black Foodways and Building Better Food Systems in Philadelphia​

The couple behind the newly opened Afrocentric grocer and cafe Honeysuckle Provisions chats with us on this week’s episode of Place Settings
 
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Food Network’s First-Ever Kwanzaa Series Set for December​

Kenya Parham and Tonya Hopkins on set of 'The Kwanzaa Menu'


Food Network is getting into the holiday spirit with its first Kwanzaa series, set to highlight the food and history of the annual seven-day celebration.
The Kwanzaa Menu” is hosted by culinary scholar Tonya Hopkins, who on the FoodNetwork.com series will guide the audience through each of Kwanzaa’s seven principles using a special dish as conversation.
“Celebrating Kwanzaa through good food and drink not only allows us to reconnect to the vibrance of our culinary history that greatly informs who we are as Black people, our very identities — but also to take pride in that which has so profoundly shaped American foodways at large, for centuries,” Hopkins says of the series produced by Best Wishes Studio.

Per Food Network, “In each of the seven episodes Tonya and a special guest prepare a recipe that is connected to the day’s celebration. Together they will commemorate each day of Kwanzaa by cooking meaningful dishes and discussing the Nguzu Saba, the seven principles, and history of the holiday. When presented together, the collective dishes create a meaningful and celebratory Kwanzaa Menu.”
The series is a family affair for Hopkins, filmed at her family’s South Orange County, Calif. home and featuring guest appearances from her father Dr. Thomas A. Parham and sister Kenya Parham, who also serves as a writer and producer.
“Both my and Tonya’s life work centers around doing all things ‘for the culture!’ This project was a deeply personal labor of love — love for our people, love for ourselves, and love for the principles that anchor our lives,” cultural strategist Kenya says of the project. “To collaborate on this production with my brilliant sister, our family, an all-star (majority Black) crew led by Best Wishes Studio and Food Network is the kind of kismet synergy dreams are made of! We know we’ve created a cultural gem with ‘The Kwanzaa Menu’ and are tremendously excited for the world to receive it and celebrate with us!”
“The Kwanzaa Menu” premieres Dec. 26 on FoodNetwork.com. Discover each episode’s inspiration, special guests and delicious dishes below:
“Umoja” (Unity) | Amazing Hibiscus Mulled Wine Kwanzaa Mimosa – Tonya is joined by her sister, Kenya Parham, to prepare a recipe celebrating the principle of Umoja, which emphasizes the importance of unity in all areas, including family, community, nation and race. Traditionally libations, served in a Kikombe Cha Umoja (Unity Cup) are presented to acknowledge and honor the family units of present and past.

“Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)” | Crispy Akara (Black-Eyed Pea Fritters) with Savory Smoky Sesame Sauce – The principle of Kujichagulia focuses on building one’s identity as a person and a community and in honor of that, Tonya whips up a dish with the help of special guest, Kareem Grimes. The majority of Black Americans descended from (or passed through) the West African region and the recipe is a way to make culinary contact and acknowledge that point of origin and ancestral journey.

“Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)” | Good Deeds Greens – In this episode actress Taja V. Simpson joins Tonya to make a dish that embodies Ujima, which focuses on collective work and shared responsibility for both achievements and setbacks in the community and comes to life with this all-hands-on-deck recipe.

“Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)” | Black Sable Rice Calas – The principle of Ujamaa reinforces the third day’s principle, Ujima, by encouraging support of each other economically and within the community. Blue Telusma helps Tonya in the kitchen and discusses the origin of this dish created by Black women, as well as the history of Black Americans as the first food vendors and successful culinary entrepreneurs in America.

“Nia (Purpose)” | First Fruits Harvest Smoothie Bowl – The principle of Nia means purpose and encourages us to move through life with intention, being mindful with our words and actions. In this episode, sisters Tonya and Kenya discuss restoration through healthy plant-based living while building this red, black and green dish.

“Kuumba (Creativity)” | Yassa-Inspired Grilling – The principle of Kuumba is a time to reflect on leaving the community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it; to celebrate creativity and ingenuity by paying homage to creative works focusing on our rich history and vibrant future. Tonya is joined by Chef Brittney “Stikxz” Williams, developing a new seasoning blend that incorporates Caribbean influences over open-fire grilling.

“Imani (Faith)” | Cassava with Peanut Stew – On this day the focus is on spiritual faith, a faith in one’s infinite possibilities, and a faith that persists through life’s challenges and adversities. Tonya and her father, Dr. Thomas Parham, share space in their family kitchen while making a dish representative of Africans in the New World.
 

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Asked because its observed in the Netherlands & in. former Dutch colonies.
Al though there are obvious Dutch influences because of centuries of colonization, the Dutch imprint on its colonies is way less intense than other former colonies (with the exception of South Africa)
Most of us don't speak Dutch natively or really identify with Dutch culture if we don't live in the Netherlands
We (Suriname+ABC Island+SSS Islands) are much more culturally similar to our Caribbean and South American neighbors. Indonesia (former Dutch east indies) has little Dutch influence despite centuries of colonization.
 
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Dallas Black-owned wine brand lands ‘Shark Tank’ deal with Mark Cuban​

Wondry Wine is available at Target and Total Wine, and now plans to grow even more.​

Chaz and Whitney Gates run Wondry cocktail wines from Dallas.

Chaz and Whitney Gates run Wondry cocktail wines from Dallas.
Nov 14, 2022

Wondry Wine, a North Texas wine business launched in 2021 by husband and wife team Whitney and Chaz Gates, just landed an investment deal on ABC’s Shark Tank with Dallas entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
The couple appeared on Season 14 of the show, which gives budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their businesses to the “Shark” investors. They wore shirts that read “Be Bold. Sip Different” as they pitched their “re-imagined, higher-alcohol level, fruit-infused wine collection.”
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Cuban was so impressed by their pitch in episode 6, which aired on Nov. 11, 2022, that he offered to invest $225,000 for 15% equity in their start-up wine company.
Wondry Wine specializes in “cocktail wines” infused with organic fruit extracts in flavors like Mango Citrus Twist, Peach in Peace and Sangria Especial. They also offer cocktail creams, which are “an adult take on a milkshake” that can be served on ice or poured in coffee or over ice cream.
Cuban tweeted on Nov. 12 that he was “glad to be partners,” with Wondry.

In an Instagram post on Nov. 11, Wondry thanked their customers and supporters. “We promise to continue chasing our dream for a more diversified wine industry & crafting the best, most innovative cocktail wines & creams… with a little help from our new friend @mcuban.”
Related:All of the Dallas bars and restaurants featured on Netflix show ‘Love is Blind’
Whitney Gates is a graduate of the viticulture program at Grayson College in Denison, and was previously a marketing professional who spent 13 years managing brands and sales for companies like General Mills and Keurig/Dr. Pepper. Chaz Gates is a practicing attorney.

Wondry Wine can be found in Total Wine and Target stores. The company is also offering a 25% off Shark Tank sale on their website at wondrywine.com while supplies last.

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