#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!


7 Steps to a ZERO-Waste Kitchen

Like many other environmental buzz words (“green”, “sustainable”, “energy”), “zero-waste” has garnered attention from large corporations and institutions seeking to improve their environmental image. While achieving “zero-waste” status has become a designation fit for the corporation, its true purpose should be embraced by residential home-owners and renters as well. ‘The “zero waste” philosophy aims to minimize waste and resource consumption in order to conserve energy, mitigate climate change, reduce water usage, prevent toxic creation, and minimize ecosystem destruction’.

Achieving ‘zero-waste’ status in our homes may be a challenge so let’s start with the most wasteful room in the house: the kitchen. ‘Americans waste an astounding amount of food – an estimated 27 percent of the food available for consumption, according to a government study – and it [even] happens…in your very own kitchen’.

Courtesy of The New York Times

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. We’ve all heard the mantra. Americans are recycling paper & plastics more than ever, but we are still sending millions of tons of food waste and other organic materials to landfills.  Continue reading

Video and Photos from Retrofit Republic’s Community Heroes: The Tastemakers Edition Lookbook

Retrofit Republic is a San Francisco based sustainable fashion styling firm, event design, and vintage retailer with a social impact. Last week, Retrofit Republic held a lookbook launch party in celebration of their Community Heroes ‘Tastemakers Lookbook’ featuring vegan chef & activist, Bryant Terry. The lookbook also features Katie Kwon & Valerie Luu of Rice, Paper, Scissors, Jeremy Tookerout of Four Barrell Coffee and Dan Nguyen-Tan of Public Bikes amongst others. Check out Retrofit Repupblic’s awesome video lookbook! To view photos from the launch party, click here. Follow Retrofit Republic on Twitter @RetroRepublic.

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Kitchen Forks & Vibes: Food Justice via ‘The Produce Section’

theproducesectionLooking for ways to get involved in the food justice movement? You’re in luck! In addition to the awesome sounds (and videos) of food justice activist and hip-hop artist, DJ Cavem Moetivation, this edition of ‘Kitchen Forks & Vibes’ includes tips on fighting food injustices in our own communities Enjoy!

With assistance from official government policy, some food companies have flooded our communities with a sea of “edible food like substances”, sugar sweetened beverages, artificially low-priced junk food and expensive advertising campaigns to further consumer spending. These companies will do whatever it takes to make sure our choices are made with the least amount of information. Continue reading

Uptown Soul Food Heads to DC for ‘Let’s Move’ #TweetUp & Fall Harvest

101_3884By Takia McClendon

Ever wonder who cooks up the delicious meals that are served to the First Family? Or just how much food is grown in the popular White House Kitchen Garden? Well wonder no more! Uptown Soul Food had the opportunity to participate in the 1st ever Let’s Move! White House Tweet-Up (#WHTweetup). Lets Move!  is an initiative of the First Lady that “combats the epidemic of childhood obesity through a comprehensive approach”. The White House selected about 15 active Twitter followers of Let’s Move! (@LetsMove) to join a full day of activities including the third annual Fall Harvest. The group of followers all had distinct backgrounds, hailed from different regions of our country but all shared a common vision of ending childhood obesity. Amongst the group were students, parents, bloggers, consultants, nonprofit organization leaders, local politicians and more.

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