Editor’s note: I re-posted this interesting article because, not only am I a devoted foodie, I enjoyed the cultural celebratory message behind this movement — blackfoodie. After a bad experience in an Italian restaurant, the author, instead of just whining about mistreatment, decided to take the self-sufficient love thyself and culture route. When we embrace, support and uphold our culture, we empower ourselves.
Food is intrinsic to African heritage and customs. Whether it’s fufu, nsima, atkit wot,caldeirada de cabrito à Angolana or rasta pasta, the food of the African diaspora has the power to connect people wherever they are.
To showcase the diversity of African cuisine, millennial tastemakers are revolutionizing culinary platforms by creating new spaces—for Africans, by Africans—to emphasize and celebrate the recipes, traditions, and cultures of the diaspora.
Get to know some of the African changemakers who are part of a growing foodie movement and redefining the African culinary experience.
After a racist encounter at an Italian restaurant in Toronto for her birthday, Ethiopian-Canadian Eden Hagos decided to take her unfortunate dining experience and create a platform to celebrate Black-owned restaurants, recipes, and Black chefs in the United States and beyond. Hagos is the founder and creator of Blackfoodie, an online digital platform that explores food and lifestyle through a Black lens and spotlights the best African, Caribbean, and Southern cuisine and foodie experiences. Uncovering stories, traditions, culture and flavors of the African diaspora, Blackfoodie is a culinary resource for tips on recipes, foodie events such a brunch, dinner parties, restaurant openings, festivals in your area and more.
Whether it is featuring Chef Roble’s chicken doro wat deviled eggs recipe, how to make the popular Nigerian breakfast staple, akara and getting the details on the top five Black-owned restaurants in Detroit, Blackfoodie is the ultimate guide to flavor within the community.
With “Injera + Chill” pop-ups in Toronto and London; covering an Ethiopian buffets and weddings; and creating the hashtag #DiningWhileBlack so that other Black millennials can share their racist, foodie experiences, this platform is a growing movement to engage, reinvigorate and redefine how food, fashion, and fun in the Pan-African context connect and collide. read more