HONORING BLACK LIVES MATTER MONTH
AND SOUL FOOD MONTH

By Great Performances

As we honor both Black Lives Matter Month and Soul Food Month, it is important to acknowledge the significant contributions of Black chefs and restaurant owners to the culinary world. From traditional Southern dishes to unique and creative fusion cuisine, Black chefs and restaurant owners have brought immense talent and creativity to the industry. We are honored to partner with Black chefs and restaurant owners who have made an impact on the culinary scene, both locally and nationally.

Join us as we celebrate their achievements, cultural heritage, and culinary mastery this month and every month.

Recent and Ongoing Collaborations Include:

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Charles Pan-Fried Chicken

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Chef Charles Gabriel inside his first brick and mortar
Chef Charles Gabriel in front of his new Harlem location

Charles Gabriel was born October 12, 1947 near Charlotte, North Carolina. He was one of twelve brothers and eight sisters. His parents were sharecroppers. The family – including Charles from the age of six – picked cotton from 6am to 6pm on a nearby plantation. In the evening, his mother would cook for the entire family. In his mother’s kitchen, Charles learned to prepare the food we all enjoy today.

At seventeen, Charles moved to New York City to work for an older brother who had opened a restaurant on the Upper West Side. A few years later, he began working at the legendary Copeland’s Restaurant in Hamilton Heights where he stayed for over twenty years rising to the position of head cook.

By the mid 1980’s, Charles decided to go off on his own. He started cooking out of his Harlem apartment, putting a folding table in front of his building to serve his first customers. One day, a woman asked Charles whether he wanted to buy her food truck. They agreed he would pay her $25 per week until the food truck was paid off. Charles ran his food truck for five years; building his reputation in Harlem and beyond.

Charles’s first brick and mortar restaurant was on 8th Avenue between 152nd and 153rd Streets. His “take out” spot was soon joined by his “breakfast” spot and his legendary “buffet.” He operated all three locations for over twenty years.

Now, in 2021, Charles is opening a new series of Charles Pan-Fried Chicken restaurants. He’s starting in Harlem and the Upper West Side and then, who knows.

Featured Entrée provided by Chef Charles Gabriel
on December 22nd, 2022:

Fried Chicken with Collard Greens and Mac & Cheese

Featured Entrée provided by Chef Charles Gabriel
on September 22nd, 2022:

Fried Chicken with Collard Greens and Mac & Cheese

Featured Entrée provided by Chef Charles Gabriel
on June 21st, 2022:

Fried Chicken with Collard Greens and Mac & Cheese

Photos courtesy of Charles Pan-Fried Chicken

Charles Pan-Fried Chicken

340 W 145th Street
146 West 72nd Street

www.charlespanfriedchicken.com

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Melba's Restaurant

Chef Melba Wilson
Photo courtesy of Melba Wilson

Melba’s Restaurant opened its doors in 2005 and has come to be regarded as the premier comfort food destination in New York City.

The eponymous restaurant was the vision of founder, Melba Wilson. Being born, bred and buttered in Harlem, Melba knew she wanted to stay close to home so she could nurture and provide an exquisite yet comfortable dining experience to the community that raised her.

As a young adult working at Sylvia’s, Rosa Mexicano and Windows on the World restaurants, Melba saw firsthand what it took to own and operate a successful business. She quickly became aware that diners have the opportunity to eat wherever they choose. When great food is combined with remarkable service, the result is a dining destination that patrons come to regard as home. It is the commitment to exceptional customer service, coupled with great food that make the standard of excellence that exists today. On any given day, you can find Melba greeting guests with hugs, her trademark smile and inquiring of her customers as to whether there is anything she can do to enhance their dining experience. After all, dining at Melba’s is like coming home for dinner, whenever you’re away from home.

Featured dish provided by Chef Melba Wilson
on February 22nd, 2022:

BBQ Turkey Meatloaf
with Low Country Collard Greens
and Roasted Garlic Yukon Mashed Potatoes

Photos courtesy of Melba’s Restaurant

Melba’s Restaurant

300 W. 114th Street, New York, NY 10026

212.864.7777

www.melbasrestaurant.com

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Fieldtrip

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Chef JJ Johnson
Credit: Tamara Beckwith/NY Post

At FIELDTRIP, Chef JJ Johnson embraces the heritage of rice and shares its impact on culture, embracing global flavors and techniques used across diverse communities. Each rice variety tells a unique story of how it arrived in this country and how it made its way into your bowl. The offering focuses on sustainable heirloom rice grains that are freshly milled and never enriched. Using sustainable products is a priority for Chef JJ, who enhances his bowls with ethically sourced vegetables and proteins, creating a flavorful experience that both tastes good and is good for you!

Our cuisine is influenced by global flavors and techniques used within various cultures. We use heirloom grains with each rice telling a unique story of how it arrived to this country and into your bowl. All rice is freshly milled, unbleached and not enriched. Using sustainable products is extremely important to us. Our rice bowls are paired with ethically sourced vegetables and proteins creating a flavorful experience that tastes good and is good for you!

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Credit: Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Featured dish provided by Chef JJ Johnson
on February 8th, 2022:

Seafood Gumbo with Red Rice

Photos courtesy of FIELDTRIP

FIELDTRIP

109 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026
(917) 639-3919
 
30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level
New York, NY 10112
(646) 669-8595

www.fieldtripnyc.com

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Sylvia's Restaurant

Chef Sylvia Woods
Credit: Louis Lanzano/Associated Press

Queen of Soul Food

Sylvia Woods, the “Queen of Soul Food,” is the founder and owner of the world famous Sylvia’s Restaurant, located in the historical village of Harlem. Since the opening of the iconic restaurant in 1962, Sylvia Woods has been lavished with numerous awards and accolades from her peers, community leaders, politicians, and the business world at large. She’s the proud recipient of several legacy awards including the Merit Award from Mayor Bloomberg, of New York City, numerous declarations and citations from political figures ranging from President William Jefferson Clinton to Governor Pataki, and a special invitation to the Clintons’ last Christmas at the White House.

Sylvia has also been featured on several dozen-television shows across the world, including Good Morning AmericaThe Today ShowThe BBC NetworkJapan T.V., and The Food Network. Print media has also been a fan of Sylvia garnering her with write-ups in such publications as: The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalElle MagazineEbony MagazineBetter Homes and GardensNewsweek, and many more.

Civil rights activist, Reverend Al Sharpton has created a tradition in which he summits meetings of leadership at Sylvia’s Restaurant. He refers to it as, “a world-famous meeting place”. In 2007, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama shared a meal at the iconic restaurant. In 2016, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and 2020 presidential candidate U.S Senator Kamala D. Harris.

To encapsulate Sylvia’s footprint on soul food and Harlem, Former President Bill Clinton said it best when he stated, “When people came to see me from all over America and the world and wanted to know what Harlem was like, I sent them to Sylvia’s.”

Photo courtesy of Sylvia's Restaurant

Featured dish provided by The Woods Family
on February 1st, 2022:

BBQ Pork Ribs with
Candied Yams and Collard Greens

Photos courtesy of Sylvia’s Restaurant

Sylvia’s Restaurant

328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027

www.sylviasrestaurant.com

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The Gumbo Bros

Chef Adam Lathan
Photo courtesy of The Gumbo Bros

Our Story begins with 2 Southern-raised buddies, both proud LSU Alums, who had a hankering for authentic Cajun cuisine in the Big Apple.

In 2014, with a truckload of moxie and a dash of southern charm, they decided to start serving up Cajun favorites in Madison Square Park. As luck would have it, they found a perfect spot for the first Gumbo Bros restaurant, which opened in December of 2016 to rave reviews from New Yorkers and Cajuns alike.

And the rest, as they say, is history…

Co-Founder and Chef Adam Lathan started cooking at a young age and creating the perfect pot of gumbo soon became his obsession. Having learned the “proper” gumbo technique from his great-grandmother Nanny, Adam is still pursuing the perfect gumbo and works tirelessly to ensure his customers have their culinary minds blown. 

Adam’s cooking has gone on to receive high praise from customers and press alike, having been positively reviewed and featured in: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, New York Magazine, Grubstreet, Eater, and many other publications. Adam has been selected to cook at the Food Network’s New York Food and Wine Festival for 3 consecutive years and has been a guest speaker at the New York Restaurant Show in 2017 and 2019. 

Adam is a native of Mobile, Alabama, is a graduate of Louisiana State University, the International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute), and a member of the James Beard Foundation. 

Featured Dish provided by Chef Adam Lathan
on November 17th, 2021:

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Photos courtesy of The Gumbo Bros

The Gumbo Bros

224 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201

www.thegumbobros.com

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