Join Chef Zu in bringing people of diverse backgrounds together over dinner to talk about racial equity in the food and farming space.
The Living Color Racial Equity Dialogue Dinner focuses on creating a safe space for sharing innovative and creative ideas around how farmers, food workers, chefs, restaurants, local food initiatives and food & farming non-profits can best deal with racial inequities in the workspace.
Chef Zu has partnered with GENERATOR for the space . We will collectively share ideas based around a set of questions on what Racial Equity is, how it works and why we should all become more involved with advocacy. All guests will leave with a “Elevating Equity Tool Kit” to take back into their workspaces and food communities. The event will be moderated Cicely M. Garrett.
The Living Color Dialogue Dinner will feature a sustainable Autumn farm-to-table 5-course vegan cuisine dinner prepared by Chef Zu. Vegan Wine will be available with a donation.
This Dinner uses Equitable Ticket Pricing, reflecting wage inequality. Ticket Prices reflect the 2018 gender, race, & ethnicity wage gap as reported by the Institute for Women Policy Research and USDL Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can find the IWPR study HERE. Wages for Farmer & Food Workers are reported by BLS HERE.
The venue is not handicap accessible and has a single restroom.
Thanks to our Partners GENERATOR
Thanks to our sponsors: MERCY FOR ANIMALS, FOOD WELL ALLIANCE & SUNSPLASH MEDIA
Special thanks to Peter Morich of SLOW FOOD ATLANTA
RACIAL EQUITY DIALOGUE DINNER
We curate and facilitate safe spaces that address topics including, but not limited to:
• History of Race in America
• History of Farming & Agriculture in America
• History of Culinary Arts & Cuisine in America
• Data & Statistics on: Food Access, Equal Housing, Transportation, Education and Healthcare
CHEF ZU OF KINGS APRON
In autumn of 2017 Chef Zu of Kings Apron launched his Mtume’ Green: 5 Course Vegan Dinner Series in celebration of successfully obtaining his certification in holistic nutrition. Over the past 18 months Chef Zu has facilitated healthy food programming Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Morehouse School of Medicine, Truly Living Well Center for Urban Agriculture, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Food Well Alliance, Atlanta Fulton County Library Systems, Georgia Organics, City of Atlanta Department of Constituent Services, Georgia Food Oasis, Georgia House of Covenant, Fulton County Commissioner District 5 and many more local Atlanta nonprofits and community initiatives. Chef Zu has also catered and successfully completed recipe development for Civic Dinners, University of Georgia, Food Well Alliance, The Humane Society, Georgia Conservancy, Peach Dish, Jim Adams Farm & Table, M Bar as well as Karbon Star Vitality.
In 2019 Chef Zu graduated from the Center for Civic Innovation “Food Fellowship Program” and has since been considered as one of Atlanta’s most innovative food workers who creates spaces for food, culture and equity while offering his community nutrient dense plant based food.
Moving forward as we approach 2020, Chef Zu is focusing on finalizing finishing touches to his plant based cookbook and is currently organizing his “Living Color Racial Equity Dialogue Dinner” alongside his flagship series of dinners entitled “Mtume’ Green.” The word Mtume’ comes from the Swahili language and translates as the “bringer or messenger.” As a sustainable plant based artist, Chef Zu prepares each dinner around different cultural themes such as the Caribbean or various regions of Africa (Mozambique, Egypt, Capetown, Morocco & The Congo). His next dinner will focus on farm-to-table style cuisine and connect the story of “African Diaspora” through culinary arts. Some of the key focal points of each dinner are nutrition, culture, sustainability, local food and flavor expression.
GENERATOR’s mission is to help people generate, pursue, connect, and deliver ideas that support the future of cities. We envision a world where everyday people, armed with ideas and ready for action, can create real and lasting change for their communities and for the world.
WHO WE ARE > Generator was founded by Ryan Gravel, the original visionary behind the Atlanta Beltline. Joining Generator as Executive Director is Heather Infantry.
CONTEXT > There is a tsunami of change coming to Atlanta and to cities around the world. The turmoil that we see emerging from these changes includes rapid population growth, demographic shifting and social inequities, wasteful land and energy consumption, rampant environmental degradation, worsening traffic congestion, escalating costs for housing and construction, and a widespread technological revolution. This is generating both a palpable sense of social unrest and a remarkable cultural awakening that channels all that energy from change into new ideas and solutions.
Cities have always reflected the economic, social, and cultural turbulence of the times. And while we may not know exactly what these current changes will mean for our lives, we do know that new ideas are needed to manage the scale and pace of this change. We also know that there are people with great ideas all around us – if only they could be heard.
That is why we’re creating GENERATOR.