Marcus Davis, owner and operator of Downtown's Kulture, and chef Keisha Griggs (Ate Kitchen) announced Tuesday a new dinner series aimed at showcasing BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and African American chefs, purveyors, and ingredients.

Kulture: A Black Chef Table will launch in mid-July at the restaurant, which has been closed since the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a press release. Griggs will be curating the multi-course dinner series and seeks chefs who'd like to take part.

"Kulture: A Black Chef Table is dedicated to supporting the diverse culinary landscape and the vast spirit, wine, beer makers, and Black-owned food purveyors by providing a space to cultivate, incubate and promote talent," Griggs said in the release. "It will provide an opportunity to BIPOC gastro artists to showcase their talents and illustrate their culinary perspective on the national platform."

Davis and Griggs have already received commitments from Fresh Life Organic, Ivy League Farms, PF Company, and Plant It Forward to assist with ingredients. The dinners will highlight foods that came to America via the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, foods that have since become integral in what we think of as American cuisine.

"We want to utilize our platform to highlight the ever-growing landscape of Black culinarians in a way that acknowledges our contribution to world cuisine, leverages our buying power, and benefits our economy," said Davis in the release.

To apply and for more information, visit the Black Chef Table website.

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