Marddy’s: How a Shared Kitchen and Marketplace is Preserving West Atlanta Culture and Helping Local Chefs Thrive

 Located in the west side of Atlanta, Georgia, is Marddy’s, a shared kitchen and marketplace that’s supporting small businesses in the neighborhood. Short for “Market Buddies,” Marddy’s is a licensed facility that provides a shared space for home cooks to prepare and sell their goods to customers. Participating chefs have access to a commercial...

2019 James Beard Awards Black Nominees (The Oscars of the Culinary World)

Last week the James Beard Foundation announced their 2019 slate of finalists recognizing outstanding achievement by chefs, restaurants, journalists and authors. Not familiar with the Beard Awards? Think of them as the culinary Oscars. Below find a list of black nominees for this year. Note: If we missed somebody please reach out here.   2019 James Beard Foundation Book Awards American Between Harlem and...

Food Entrepreneur Chef Ron Freeman is Bringing Healthier Ramen to Prisoners

Ron Freeman, creator of Mama Pat’s Foods is creating healthier ramen options after his incarceration led him to reflect on ramen’s nutritional content and its market value for prisoners. Before Freeman’s arrest and subsequent incarceration due to a drug bust, he ran a hot dog cart in Los Angeles. While feeding nearby patrons in the Gardena neighborhood in southwest Los...

Kwame Onwuachi & Bryan Furman Selected For Food & Wine’s 2019 Class of Best New Chefs

Being recognized on this list has historically been a launch pad to recognition and business success for many chefs. Past recipients included famous chefs like David Chang and Tom Colicchio of Top Chef Fame. This year Food & Wine selected two established black culinary superstars who have been excelling for years in two different shades of our culinary foodways. Congratulations...