By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected]
This fall music enthusiasts and foodies alike will be able to converge at D.C.’s Union Market for a cultural experience that will titillate both the taste buds and ear buds. On Saturday, Oct. 26, Broccoli City, Live Nation Urban and the James Beard Foundation are teaming up for “Food & Grooves,” an interactive celebrity-studded day of live performances, book-signings, podcasts, panels, cooking demos, wine and spirit tasting and more.
Brought to D.C. by the same minds that curated the Broccoli City festival and brand, “Food & Grooves,” is yet another opportunity to highlight District culture, bring national and international celebrities to the nation’s capital and celebrate artists, creative and cultural cultivators of color.
“Broccoli City Weekend has been a staple in the community for the last seven years; bringing together thousands of millennials, chart-topping performers, corporate sponsors and non-profit partners looking to have a great time while making a difference in their community,” said Brandon McEachern, co-founder of Broccoli City Festival. “In order to continue growing with our fans we’ve partnered with Live Nation Urban to develop a series of live, boutique experiences that are culturally relevant and cut through the noise of the entertainment industry.
The day will include a live recording of the Questlove Supreme podcast, which will feature a discussion between QuestLove and James Beard Award Winning Author Chef Kwame Onuwachi of Kith & Kin. Grooves will be provided by celebrated artitst Teedra Moses and Tank and the Bangas, the nation’s capital award-winning band Black Alley, the D.M.V.’s own DJ Domo, and DJ Jahsonic, and a special presentation of R&B Only by Jabari and Dauche.
Food lovers will also enjoy the panel curated by The James Beard Foundation called “Food Talks.” Panelists include: JJ Johnson (James Beard Award Winner, The Henry, Fieldtrip); Therese Nelson (Chef, Writer, Creator of Black Culinary History); David Thomas (Ida B’s Table); Darryl Perkins (Chip N & Broccoli City Foundation); Qiana Mickie (Just Food); Greg Collier (Chef), Miguel Trinidad (Maharlika and Jeepney restaurants); Jameeale Arzeno (James Beard Foundation Culinary Director, founder of ChicPeas); Kwame Onwuachi (James Beard Award Winner, Author, Kith & Kin); Colleen Vincent (Co-Founder of Black Food Folks), and others to be announced.
With all this talk of food and beverages, there will be a variety of options for guests to eat and drink well throughout the day. Premier restaurants and brands from the region will be showcased, including: &Pizza, Crab Boss, Family and Food Over Everything, Fast & Saucy, Gelahto, Gorsha, HomeMaid, Ida B’s Table, LuvPlates, Maketto, NuVegan, Philly Fry Wing, Ruby Scoops and many more.
“With Food & Grooves in particular, our goal is to highlight the talents of diverse, underrepresented chefs, mixologists and purveyors of the culinary industry who are not only fueling future generations through food, but those who are also utilizing their craft to move the culture forward,” McEarchern said.