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October is Black History Month in the UK and Black Book is looking to celebrate this time with engaging events every Tuesday focused on the food and drinks world, including the likes of Melissa Thompson, Stephen Satterfield, Liam Barker, Jim Famurewa, Eden Hagos and Nina Oduro.
Every Tuesday throughout October, there will be a full day of workshops, masterclasses, cook-a-longs and discussions that explores the four pillars of Black Book: Equality, Visibility, Wealth Creation and Equity, in meaningful and dynamic ways. As well as a celebration this is also a time to support, nurture, and address topics that surround our community.
Following the popular eight week online series, ‘De-colonising the food industry’, which saw a global panel of thought leaders and activists explore the work required to change the systemic inequalities and erasure of Black and non-white voices in hospitality and food, Black Book’s second series of events celebrating Black History Month at The Tramshed Project will harness leading voices and talent from who just so happen to hail from the Black diaspora, to showcase the future of Black histories in food.
Kicking off the series, Week #1 focuses on Equality. Aleesha Hansel, a drinks writer, wine professional and communicator, will lead the first workshop who will share her tips on wine and navigating her career thus far. Followed by a masterclass with Ronke Lawal, founder of Ariatu PR, who takes the opportunity to further delve into the topic of PR & Nepotism (Week #4 of the ‘De-colonising the food industry’ talks). There will then be a cook-a-long with Joe Faulkner of The Krio Kanteen who demonstrates live how to cook classic Salone dishes introducing us to the tastes of Sierra Leone. And finally a ‘battle of the Afros’ with a discussion between Melissa Thompson and Zoe Adjonyoh who will discuss pre and post recent BLM events and how it has impacted Melissa’s career.