While Black history should be acknowledged year-round, for 52 years February has been the designated month to observe and honor the past, present, and future of African American contributions to American history that are rich with innovation, resilience, and brilliance.
Food is an important piece of that history and since 2017, Black food bloggers and content creators have come together to celebrate Black food traditions by contributing recipes to the Black History Month Virtual Potluck (#BHMVP22). This year the initiative sees an exciting change, as it is now formally branded under Eat the Culture. Founded by Meiko Temple (Meiko and the Dish), Eat the Culture was established to create community-centered spaces that nurture, support, and amplify Black culinary creators. In addition to collaborations like the Black History Month Virtual Potluck, the organization also offers educational resources, virtual courses, and live events to support creatives as they elevate their craft and amplify the culinary heritage across the African diaspora .
This year’s Black History Month Virtual Potluck delves into the theme of “Exploring Afrofuturism through Food.” Afrofuturism is a concept that looks at the intersection of imagination, technology, art, culture, politics, the future, and liberation through a Black cultural lens. With that framework at the heart of the collaboration, 30+ amazing Black culinary creatives weave the intricacies of the Afrofuturism concept into their unique and innovative recipes — from across the African diaspora — honoring the culinary ingenuity of our past and stretching towards an innovative culinary future.
“This Black History Month, Eat the Culture is shining a light on the diversity of Black content creators while highlighting their patch of the African diaspora through this pioneering initiative,” says participating blogger Marta Rivera Diaz of Sense and Edibility. “Where most of the country (and world) sees Black food as limited to a particular region, language, or appearance, Eat the Culture turns those inaccuracies on their heads in a transformative way. Afrofuturism grasps the notion of Black food as art and blazes the path ahead for even further culinary discoveries.”
This February, we’re proud to bring you a collection of recipes that represent the richness of the African diaspora. From Spicy Berbere Lentil Chili to Collard Green Hand Pies to Coconut-Lime Cornmeal Tres Leches Cake and Warm Zobo Drink, these recipes will take you on a culinary journey. Feast with us and enjoy this edible celebration of Black joy, resilience, and resistance.
Stefani Renée Thibodeaux Medley
Stefani Renée inherited a love of cooking, throwing parties, telling stories, and creating from her Granny Octavia. Savor + Sage is a celebration of Stefani Renée’s Granny Octavia and creativity fueled by her passion for cooking, entertaining, and building a beautiful lifestyle. Stefani Renée loves to share how soulful cooking goes far beyond what’s typically portrayed in popular culture but instead embodies a delicious mix of simplicity and complexity, texture, and dishes full of flavor with deep roots in the African diaspora. With her tribe hailing from the south and Stefani Renée growing up in the Bay Area(Yay Area!), her style of cooking mixes a dose of southern charm & flavor with a little California soul.