Our Roots: Adaptation and Skill through Food and Cultural Cuisine A discussion in understanding the many ways enslaved Africans, African-Americans and Black peoples sustained and adapted skills necessary for demanding domestic life through food, cuisine and food systems.
Moderated by Therese Nelson (Black Culinary History) With Michael Twitty (The Cooking Gene), Dr. Howard Conyers (The Low Country to the Bayou), and Zella Palmer (Dillard University, Ray Charles Program) )
Black Labor and Innovation in the World Beverage: Gateway to Upward Mobility An investigation of how both enslaved Africans and post-abolition Black Americans contributed to the production and creation of ‘the booze, the bar and the craft.’
Moderated by Earlecia Rachelle (Grey Goose) With Shannon Mustipher (Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails, Women Who Tiki), Teo Hunter (Dope and Dank), Antoine M. Hodge (Baccarat Hotel), Krista Scruggs (ZAFA Wines)
Narratives of Reclaiming: Pioneering and Ownership A discussion of how our community has sustained our habits of subsistence, reclaimed ownership of our cultural contributions and built upon that culture to create contemporary spaces
Moderated by Lauren Darnell (MiNO Foundation) With Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves (The Cocktail Bandits), Ben Burkett (Farmer and Advocate), Mike Potter (Black Brew Culture) and Pepper Bowen (Culinaria Center)
Community, history and growth
As the hospitality industry responds to its contemporary growth, it is equally as imperative that we encourage the recognition of our past - those histories and contributions that have been marginalized or left untold, specifically those of people of color.
Seminars, ‘Experientials’ & Cocktail parties!
Over the course of the two main event days, participants will attend a combination of educational seminars, experiential and cocktail events.
Each seminar is a symposium-style discussion lead by a variety of industry professionals, writers, historians and community leaders. Our experiential programming is meant to inspire community with more hands-on orientated curriculum… And cocktail events offer time to celebrate our community and appreciate our partnerships!
Sunday, February 3rd Welcome Hour Featuring Too Trill Trivia at Ace Hotel New Orleans | 3PM - 6:30PM Opening Dinner With Michael W. Twitty at Carmo | 7:30PM - 10:30PM
Monday, February 4th Symposium Day I at New Orleans Jazz Market | 9AM - 5PM Tiki and Slow Jams at Backatown Coffee Parlour | 8PM - 12AM Dinner Series with Chef Leah Chase and Carla Hall at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant | 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Tuesday, February 5th Symposium Day II at Whitney Plantation | 9AM - 5PM Resistance Served Closing Party | 9PM - 1AM