Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce's Taste of Black Austin

Photo by Moyo Oyelola

Photo by Moyo Oyelola

 

Food and cultural history are the key ingredients at Taste of Black Austin, an intimate reception held this past January at Peached Social House in Austin, Texas. Hosted by Greater Black Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization that promotes the development of African American businesses, Taste of Black Austin showcased a dozen of Austin's black chefs and entrepreneurs including Ilbersalle Fallon at Niella Catering, Tavel Bristol-Joseph at Emmer & Rye and Sharon Mays at Baby Greens.

"Food has always been a vehicle for bringing people together and building community, and that's one thing we're really trying to push in 2017," says event organizer Hakeem Adewumi of Greater Black Chamber of Commerce to the Austin Chronicle. The tasting portions served were inspired by African dishes archived in recipe books and menu selections at the Austin History Center as well as Black churches in the city. Tasting samples included peanut soup, biscuits with fresh butter, fruit preserves and cornbread, fried chicken medallion with corn pudding and hoecakes topped with smoked brisket and sweet potato Ancho chilli sauce. A portion of the proceeds aided in benefiting Urban Roots, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering and educating Austin youths with a healthier lifestyle. We look forward to seeing what other cultural events Greater Black Chamber of Commerce has in store for us in the future.

Additionally, keep your eyes peeled this spring and summer for more food events coming to The Cook's Nook; we'll be featuring various food types (including and not limited to Latin American, and interior Mexico) in the form of dinners, tasting plates and chef to chef.