Posted February 26, 2015 by Editorial Staff in Photo

[VIDEO/PHOTOS] Popular Bay Area chefs join sf|noir for annual festival with new “Shrimp, Grits & Greens” focus

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Event: Shrimp, Grits & Greens
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Location: Impact Hub Oakland
Photos: Dynamic Digital Works and Scott Chernis

The Shrimp, Grits & Greens opening night brought a new focus to the table with a fusion of sf|noir’s signature “Shrimp & Grits Taste-Off” and Hub Oakland’s acclaimed speaker series, “Grits & Greens,” highlighting the intersection of food, art and technology. The centerpiece of the show, the shrimp & grits dish – a staple of African American cuisine – was in fine form at the event thanks to the culinary stylings of our acclaimed artists: Chef Sarah Kirnon (Miss Ollie’s), Chef Robert Sapirman (Pican Restaurant), Chef Romney Nani Steele and Steven Day (The Cook and Her Farmer), Chef Lala Harrison (Flora Restaurant and Bar) and Chef Michele Wilson (Gussie’s Southern Table and Bar, opening later this year). Local vintners poured hand-crafted wines to round out the flavor profiles that evening, an elegant pairing for our vibrant program that evening.

Like that perfect pinot to accompany a fine meal, The sf|noir Wine & Food Festival delivered the full palate of delightful experiences. Between insightful spoken word performances and invigorating discussions surrounding food equity and access, key innovators and social entrepreneurs pushed the envelope and introduced audiences to their game-changing work. A highlight from opening night, Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene made sure everyone in the audience knew how to say her beautiful African name and then sent shivers down our spine with her tantalizing poem about a sweet, delicious mango. Hosted by Ashara Ekundayo (co-founder of Hub Oakland), Shrimp, Grits & Greens featured speakers Shakirah Simley – the stunning educator, food advocate, and entrepreneur; Kimberley Bryant – inspiring founder of Black Girls Code; and Yvonne Fly,  gifted performance activist, poet, dancer, and writer. – courtesy sf|noir