During the summer of 2020, we were still trying to figure out our new normal of living through a pandemic, George Floyd was senselessly murdered, Black Lives Matter protests erupted around the country and abroad, and the food world was being firmly called out on racist—more specifically on anti-Blackness—and misogynistic culture. Although everything had been turned upside down, I was inspired by the content that Black Food Folks was putting out on Instagram with culinary professionals not just talking about food but also about our blackness and honoring our culture.
Towards the end of last summer, I had an opportunity to connect with Colleen Vincent and Clay Williams of Black Food Folks. Black Food Folks exists to provide resources and foster community among Black professionals in the food and drink industry, who are most often ignored or erased in the landscape of American cuisine. Their mission is to counter the erasure of Black voices in the industry by promoting and supporting the work they do and offering a platform for them to connect and share their stories. I originally planned on just posting the interview on my blog but then decided that the conversation would be a perfect podcast. They’re doing it for the culture y’all so let’s get into it.
Highlights of this Episode:
- Colleen and Clay’s individual journeys into the food and drink industry
- BFF’s work to build community across the food and drink industry
- Building on the rich culinary history and heritage of the African diaspora
- Growing a vibrant Instagram community with multiple Instagram live shows
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