In celebration of Black History Month, the sf | noir Wine & Food Festival is bringing a fantastic lineup to the Bay Area for its 2015 installment. The five-day celebration will be held from February 25 – March 1 at various locations across the Bay Area and will feature chefs from top restaurants who provide their interpretations of traditional Soul Food and African American-inspired dishes, African American vintners, spoken word performances, cooking demonstrations, live jazz music and much more.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Shrimp, Grits & Greens
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Location: Impact Hub Oakland (2323 Broadway, Oakland)
To kick off the five-day culinary festival, sf|noir combined one of their more popular events of year’s past —The Shrimp & Grits Taste Off, with Impact Hub Oakland’s popular speaker series—Grits & Greens, which focuses on issues at the intersection of food, art and technology, to create Shrimp, Grits & Greens. Hosted by Ashara Ekundayo, co-founder of Impact Hub Oakland and founder of Grits & Greens, Shrimp, Grits & Greens will feature an interactive discussion with an esteemed panel and offer Shrimp & Grits dishes from chefs representing some of the best soul food restaurants in the Bay Area, including Miss Ollie’s, Pican, Flora, among others.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26
In Defense of Food: A Spoken Word Affair
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Location: Museum of the African Diaspora (685 Mission Street, San Francisco)
In Defense of Food: A Spoken Word Affair showcases Bay Area spoken word artists performing pieces that tug at your emotional heartstrings. Inspired by a piece entitled “Krispy Kreme,” performed by nationally-acclaimed poet Poetri, the featured artists will speak about food in various ways: its power to create and help define culture, how certain life experiences are shaped around the act of coming together to break bread, and the injustices found in people’s access to healthy and nutritious foods. This evening’s seminar will be hosted by Bryant Terry, a nationally acclaimed eco-chef, author and food-justice activist.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27
In The Kitchen
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Location: Bloomingdales (Westfield San Francisco Centre, 845 Market Street, San Francisco)
Close out the week in style at Bloomingdales in The Westfield with Chef David Lawrence’s masterful and refined take on Southern flavors. His classically prepared dishes, made famous at 1300 on Fillmore, do more than just fit into the epicurean landscape – they change it. With inspiration drawing from London to Louisiana, guests will enjoy food prepared by Chef David Lawrence.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Seasonal Cooking at the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA)
Time: 12pm – 1:30pm
Location: CUESA Classroom (Ferry Building, San Francisco)
Spend an idyllic hour at the CUESA tent with Oakland’s own Chef Romney “Nani” Steele. Chef Nani recently opened The Cook and Her Farmer with her partner Stephen Day and it has quickly become recognized as the local hangout where Southern flavors happily bump shoulders with California cuisine. Relax into the start of the weekend with Chef Nani’s laid-back style and honest tips for scrumptious bites.
SUNDAY, MARCH 1
The Oakland Jazz Brunch
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: Kingston 11 (2270 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland)
To cap off the festival, sf|noir invites guests to enjoy The Oakland Jazz Brunch, a leisurely and entertainingSunday brunch at one of Oakland’s premier new establishments, Kingston 11. Guests will dine and listen to the sounds of live jazz while savoring the great flavors of this favored Caribbean restaurant.
Herve Ernest, a local arts and cultural campaigner, established sf|noir in 2001 to help bring about a greater awareness of the contributions of African Americans to arts and culture. The sf|noir Wine & Food Festival, which premiered in 2010, honors the region’s best in African America cuisine, including Soul Food, Southern-inspired cooking, Pan-African dishes and more.