#AfroVegan Book Signing & Food Tasting With Chef Bryant Terry [Photos & Mix Included]

On Monday, April 28, 2014, 70+ people gathered at Soup Factory Studio for the Supper Club to celebrate Bryant Terry’s fourth book, Afro Vegan:Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed. Bryant Terry is a chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. In regard to his work, Bryant’s mentor Alice Waters says, “Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege.”

Bryant is also the author of the critically acclaimed Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine, which was named one of the best vegetarian/vegan cookbooks of the last 25 years by Cooking Light Magazine. Bryant also authored The Inspired Vegan, and he coauthored Grub (with Anna Lappe), which The New York Times called “ingenious.” Bryant is also proud to have served as the “humanities advisor” on the Between Meals cookbook project, which shares the recipes and stories of newly-arrived refugee and immigrant women and explores how they have nourished their families in the US.

The night started out with a food tasting including three dishes from Bryant’s Spring Salad Buffet (p. 198): All-Green Spring Slaw (page 74), Cinnamon-Soaked Wheat Berry Salad (page 102), and Verdant Vegetable Couscous with Spicy Mustard Greens (page 133). After the food tasting, Bryant jumped right into a speech discussing his relationship with food, the inspiration behind his work, history of African American culinary traditions, and more! His talk was very inspiring and moving (as expected).

Check out photos from the Supper Club captured by our photographer Darren Burton (@darrenburton_).

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If you follow Bryant’s work, you know each recipe is accompanied with a soundtrack, movie, or book pairing. Check out the official Supper Club Mix featuring music inspired by Afro Vegan (by Darren Burton). Click here to download the mixtape!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Supper Club! The Uptown Soul Food team had an amazing time and we hope you all did too! I’d like to extend a special thank you to Ten Speed Press, Impact Hub Philly, Char Nolan, Black Eye Soup Studio, and Big Blue Marble, Darren Burton and Bryant Terry!

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Uptown Soul Food Caters ‘Meet the Entrepreneur: Curran J’ Hosted by Kings Rule Together

This past Wednesday, Uptown Soul Food had the opportunity to cater ‘Meet the Entrepreneur’, an interview series featuring Curran J of Kings Rule Together. According to the brand’s website, “in 2011, Curran J launched the “Kings Rule Together” clothing line, encouraging Kings and Queens alike to embrace their inner excellence and prestige. Since its launch, K.R.T. has sold over 1,500 pieces not only in the United States, but throughout the world, reaching Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. K.R.T. has been favored by hipsters and notable celebrities alike, including actor Jaden Smith and 106 & Park host, Terrance J.”

‘Meet the Entrepreneur’ took place in the Briefing Room at the Apple store on Walnut Street in Center City Philadelphia. Our menu was very simple and made with fresh ingredients sourced from Iovine Brothers at Reading Terminal Market: Berry Kebabs made with fresh strawberries, blueberries, red & green grapes, and raspberries; a spin on our favorite Sweet Potato Kale Wrap served on a Sourdough Crostini; and a crispy apple-arugula-beet salad with candied pecans. Check out a few of the beautiful photos by Darren Burton.

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Uptown Soul Food Caters The 1st Annual City Fit Girls Wellness Retreat

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This weekend, Uptown Soul Food had the opportunity to cater the City Fit Girls Wellness Retreat! The menu featured our Sweet Potato Kale Wraps, a side salad, and green smoothies! Check out some of the photos from the awesome event below!

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Kitchen Forks & Vibes: Georgina’s Cocktails & Tastings w/ Music by DJ Mike Lowry (Vegan/Vegetarian Options on the Menu!)

invite2Looking for something to do this weekend? Georgina’s, a local catering company founded by Nana Wilmot, will be hosting a cocktails & tastings event on Sunday, June 23rd at the American Dreaming Building in celebration of their 2nd anniversary. The event will feature live music by DJ Mike Lowry. While the full menu has not been released, Nana tells us that vegetarian and vegan options will be on the menu! Get to know Nana through Uptown Soul Food’s exclusive interview with her.

Uptown Soul Food: When did you decide to become a chef? What influenced  your decision?
Nana: Its actually a funny story. About 4 years ago, I was living at home and just got fired from my retail job and was in need of a change. I had left school back in ’06 and came home with no clue as to what I wanted to do in life. While researching career options online, a pop-up ad for the Art Institute of Philadelphia’s culinary program appeared on my screen, so naturally, I clicked it. My grandma, Georgina, taught me how to cook by the age of 7.  I cooked because I had to, not because I liked to. The day I clicked on the Art Institute ad cracked open a new door and the possibilities were endless. After a successful 7-day challenge  to create something different every night for dinner for my mom and I, I was hooked, I decided to go to culinary school. From that day on, I was Chef Nana. Continue reading

Philly’s @ChefRasheen Talks (Vegetarian Friendly) Guilty Pleasures Dessert Lounge

Photo Credit: Danielle Gilliam

Photo Credit: Danielle Gilliam

If you’re unfamiliar with the work of Chef Rasheen, you may remember him from the Uptown Soul Food Pop-Up Restaurant. On June 7th, Chef Rasheen is venturing out on a new journey with the Guilty Pleasures Desserts Pop-Up Lounge. The first of its kind in Philadelphia, the Pop-Up Lounge will showcase signature cocktails & decadent desserts. We had a few minutes to sit down with Chef Rasheen to discuss his vision for the Pop-Up Lounge and his plans for the future.

Uptown Soul Food: How long have you been in the culinary field?

Chef Rasheen: I have been cooking since I was about six or seven years old. I decided to take cooking more seriously as a teen while enrolled at Swenson Arts & Technology High School. The school offered cooking classes, competitions and great opportunities; things that I didn’t have access to at home. I decided then that I wanted to be a chef.  Continue reading