A Taste Of Ebony

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(Chairperson Marcus Samuelsson).

EBONY Magazine is proud to present the Taste of EBONY, a culinary extravaganza featuring: the leading Black chefs in the country, New York’s finest Black restaurants, and Black-owned wineries from the state of California.

Star chef Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Aquavit and Riingo restaurants in Manhattan, will serve as chairperson and culinary advisor of the premier event-taking place at an exclusive Manhattan location, Monday, October 23, 2006.

The Taste of EBONY celebrates the unheralded history of the contributions Blacks have made to the world of culinary arts. It further serves as a catalyst for people of color, particularly a younger generation, to view the many facets of the food industry as a viable path toward pursuing prodigious careers.

“EBONY is excited to partner with Anheuser Busch in providing this much-needed showcase and to take the lead in introducing these tremendous talents within the food, wine and restaurant industries to the palates of our community,� said Linda Johnson Rice, President and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company. “The Taste of EBONY is a beautiful celebration of food and wine presented by people of color,� says Chef Marcus Samuelsson. “EBONY’s efforts must be applauded for putting together an event that recognizes those who are established while giving a voice for the future to those who are emerging in the food industry.�

The evening will commence with a special tribute to Chef Leah Chase, the 83-year-old doyenne of Black chefs around the world whose 65-year-old landmark establishment, Dookey Chase Restaurant in New Orleans, suffered severe damage from Hurricane Katrina. A presentation will also be made to C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program), the noted organization that provides career opportunities in the foodservice industry for underserved youth through culinary arts education and employment.

The featured participants of the Taste of EBONY include: Chef Samuelsson; Executive Chef Carl Lovitt, Anheuser Busch, St. Louis, MO; Executive Pastry Chef Erika Davis, Beau Rivage Casino, Biloxi, MS; Executive Chef Keith Williams, BG Restaurant (Bergdorf Goodman), NYC; Wine Director Brian Duncan, Bin 36 Restaurant, Chicago, IL; Executive Chef Jeffery Henderson, Café Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV; Chef Sterling Burpee, Chief Culinary Officer, Culinary Training Academy, Las Vegas, NV; Charlotte Lyons, Food Editor, EBONY Magazine, Chicago, IL; Divas Uncorked, Milton, MA; Michelle Jean, Owner – Ginger Restaurant, NYC; Scott A. Barton, Executive Chef & Culinary Consultant, Gravy LLC; Executive Chef Tyson Jordan, Harlem Grill, NYC; Chef Marvin Woods, “Home Plate,� – Turner South Television, Atlanta/Miami; Executive Chef Francois Kwako-Dongo, L’Escala, Greenwich, CT; Arlene Woods, Owner – Maroon’s, NYC; Melba Wilson, Owner – Melba, NYC; Norma Jean Darden, Owner – Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too, NYC; Sheron Barnes, Co-Owner – MoBay/Baton Rouge, NYC; Pastry Chef Alfred Stephens, Olives NY, NYC; Executive Chef Robert Gadsby, 676 Restaurant & Bar, Chicago, IL; Sylvia Woods, Owner – Sylvia’s, NYC; Chef G. Garvin, Turn Up The Heat with G. Garvin, TV One, Los Angeles; Mac & Lil McDonald, Owner – Vision Cellar [Winery], Windsor, CA.

The Taste of EBONY is sponsored by: Anheuser Busch Companies, American Airlines, American Express and Marriott Hotels.

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