The Heinz Black Kitchen Initiative is in collaboration with the LEE Initiative and Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice (SRRJ).

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Black Kitchen Initiative

The Black Kitchen Initiative exists to celebrate, uplift, and preserve the legacy of black food by breaking down the barriers that keep black voices and cooking out of the American culinary pantheon. The initiative began in 2020, with the support of our partners at the LEE Initiative and Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice (SRRJ), and seeks to connect Black restaurateurs to tangible resources that support the long-term health of their establishments. Black cuisine, culture, and businesses have made an indelible mark on the best parts of America; we hope that the Black Kitchen Initiative plays a small role in uplifting and showcasing that vibrant legacy.

Listen to the Black Kitchen audio series for unique stories highlighting African American cuisine across the United States.

Black Kitchen Series

The Black Kitchen Series is a mini audio series that celebrates modern African American cuisine. Season 1 is hosted by culinary historian and soul food scholar Adrian Miller, with each of the six episodes highlighting a different restaurant and the unique stories that surround it. From their fare, to their lore, to the cities they call home, these restaurants, bakeries, and bars couldn’t be more different. You’ll laugh. You might cry. And you’ll definitely learn a little something. Follow the link below to listen, or find The Black Kitchen Series wherever you get your podcasts!

Meet The Restaurants

Alabama

2 Restaurants

California

5 Restaurants

Florida

4 Restaurants

Georgia

15 Restaurants

Illinois

3 Restaurants

Kentucky

3 Restaurants

Louisiana

1 Restaurant

Massachusetts

1 Restaurant

Maryland

2 Restaurants

New Jersey

1 Restaurant

New York

8 Restaurants

North Carolina

5 Restaurants

Ohio

1 Restaurant

Pennsylvania

1 Restaurant

South Carolina

3 Restaurants

Tennessee

1 Restaurant

Texas

3 Restaurants

Virginia

1 Restaurant

Washington

5 Restaurants