For the third year, the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Taste of Black Austin event, "a culinary experience that traverses the journey of black economic prosperity through the historical context of food."
Each year, a handful of the city's black-owned food business owners share bites of food during a program that explores an aspect of black foodways. This year, the theme is inspired by Victor H. Green's "Negro Motorist Green-Book,” the guide that, for 30 years, listed restaurants, hotels and other places where black travelers could stay and eat when they were traveling.
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From 6:30 to 9 p.m. on June 20 at the Peached Social House, 6500 N. Lamar Blvd., guests can sample food reminiscent of the meals that would have been served to travelers during that time, from churches, homes and black-owned cafes throughout the South. Many of the dishes are based on recipes found in archived recipe books and menus.
The participating chefs this year are Joi Chevalier from The Cook's Nook, Adrian Lipscome of Uptowne Cafe, Ey Williams of Fauna Foodworks, Salimah Muhammad of Word of Mouth Catering, Amanda Turner of Juniper, Jennifer Rodriguez and Chris Howard of 3 Small Plates Catering and Ilbersalle Fallon of Niella Catering.
Tickets cost $85 ($150 for VIP) and are available at tasteofblackaustin.com.