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Celebrating Black History Month Through Food

February 25, 2015
Our North Carolina Central University dietetic intern, Akiia Robertson James helped us highlight black Americans who made significant contributions to the culinary and food service industries during Black History Month.  The project included a bio wall, featuring 14 black Americans prominently displayed in the cafeteria as well as meal specials.
The inspired offerings included:
  • Cordon Bleu Ham Sandwich
    Inspired by Lloyd Hall, famous for his contribution to meat curing and preservation
  • Homemade Potato Chips
    Inspired by George Crum, the inventor of potato chips
  • Beignets
    Inspired by Norbet Rillieux, for revolutionizing sugar processing (and also a New Orleans native)
  • Raw Vegan Kale Salad
    Inspired by Karyn Calabrese, an inspirational force in the raw vegan movement
  • Shrimp Etouffee
    Inspired by Leah Chase, the queen of creole cuisine
  • Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Inspired by Wally Amos, the cookie’s namesake
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
    Inspired by George Washington Carver, who innovated more than 300 uses for the peanut
Thank you Akiia, Avangelina Pierce and the entire Café 3000 staff and management for helping us celebrate Black History month in a real and delicious way.