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Upcoming Documentary to Continue the Story of Creole Cooking 38 Years Later

Photo - Story of Creole CookingIn 1978, an important and historic book called “Creole Feast: 15 Master Chefs of New Orleans Reveal Their Secrets” by Nathaniel Burton and the late Dr. Rudy Lombard was published about black chefs in New Orleans.  The now classic cookbook told the stories of 15 master chefs with deep roots in New Orleans who revealed their secrets through more than 200 recipes about Creole cooking.  Until now, Burton and Lombard would be the only storytellers about Creole cooking and black chefs.

Fast forward 38 years and Zella Palmer, program chair for Dillard University’s Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture, is working with students to put the final touches on their upcoming documentary, “The Story of New Orleans Creole Cooking: The Black Hand in the Pot.”  The documentary continues the story that can only be told by those who know the Creole culture and history best.  Read the rest of the article…

Nina Curtis Offers Health and Healing Through Food

Photo - Nina CurtisLike many chefs, it all starts in the kitchen with a parent and an Easy Bake Oven on the side.  At least this was the culinary beginning for vegan and raw enthusiast Nina Curtis, the executive chef at Malibu’s The Ranch at Live Oak. Being the oldest of four, the California native began cooking with her mom at the age of 10 and hasn’t been able to step out of the kitchen since.

“My mother put so much love into her food,” says Curtis taking a trip down memory lane. For more than 17 years, Curtis has professionally shared her love of cooking with family, friends and clients. Specializing in vegan desserts, Curtis uses the power of food for healing and empowerment.  Read the reset of the article…

Something Borrowed, Something Blue on a Budget

DSC03473Summer is finally here which means the wedding season is in full throttle. Anxious brides are planning for their special day as the tulips and daffodils bloom. At the beginning of the year, my friend asked me to help plan her daughter’s July outdoor pre-wedding dinner party before her big day in August. Immediately, I thought this would be easy breezy but not so fast. I was informed she wanted a high-end look on a Dollar Store budget. Here comes the difficult part, Tiffany-style dreams on a budget. The fun part is that with a little extra time and creativity, it can be done.

For this Design & Dine article, I thought you might enjoy reading about my design process for budget-conscience special occasions with the hope that it will help you if you are planning a similar event.  Read the tips online…

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