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Let's Talk Food, Booze & Blues: A Food Tasting Event Showcase

Let's Talk Food, Booze & Blues: A Food Tasting Event Showcase

I think it’s safe to say that Food, Booze & Blues truly kicked off Women’s History Month in the most perfect way. The theme of the event was to celebrate, uplift & showcase the talent & art of black women & women of color & we did exactly that! Food, Booze & Blues is the second collaboration with The Black Fork NYC & Discover Her Essence. The Black Fork NYC is a private food catering/personal chef service owned & created by a 25 year old African-American aspiring chef, Alissa Warren. Throughout her many educational successes, Alissa realized just one short year ago that the kitchen is her home & has since decided to launch her food business. Throughout the year she has been providing her food catering service to many individuals & organizing food tasting events. For food inquiries, contact her at warren_alissa@yahoo.com. Discover Her Essence as my loyal readers/supporters already know is a personal blog that I created as a platform to showcase my writing, poetry & creative projects. Discover Her Essence started out as just a blog one year ago & is now evolving into its own brand. Anyone who knows me, knows that I really love being around people & the reason why I put together these events is to create a space where folks can come together in fellowship for a good cause all while giving back to our community. 

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Food, Booze & Blues was exceptionally special because we truly out-did ourselves this time around & that’s such an indescribable feeling. A second collaboration with The Black Fork NYC & a third Discover Her Essence event. The turn-out was amazing! At Food, Booze & Blues, the vibe was on another level. Our attendees were very chill, but very inviting & engaging. Everyone seemed to be really enjoying themselves during the cocktail hour & fully taking advantage of our $25 unlimited drink special ;) During this cocktail hour, we had the R&B music blasting, the food being served & the drinks going. As I looked around & prepared for the performances, I just knew the evening was going to be nothing short of amazing.

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Performances began at 7:30, & when I tell you that these ladies really brought their A-Game, I am NOT just saying that because it's my event (lol). What better representation of talented women than the performers I had for the evening? Between, the spoken-word, the vocals,  & the dancing.... these wonderful, powerful & amazingly talented women really put on a show!

Mani Bankz & Tay Marie

Mani Bankz & Tay Marie

Kenny singing "Superwoman"

Kenny singing "Superwoman"

Tara Smith performing the visual poem "Your Soul Was Needed"

Tara Smith performing the visual poem "Your Soul Was Needed"

Keurah singing "Sandcastles"

Keurah singing "Sandcastles"

Danni - Spoken Word

Danni - Spoken Word

Ashley Mitchell singing "At Last"

Ashley Mitchell singing "At Last"

Fat Najee - Spoken Word

Fat Najee - Spoken Word

Lacey + JR Legacy - Hip Hop Dance

Lacey + JR Legacy - Hip Hop Dance

At our first event, "Eat & Speak" Alissa & I had to go through so much just to make it happen & although there were many odds against us we still came together & decided that we were fit to do it again. For our second event, yet again many odds against us that almost made us quit & question why we were even collaborating & doing these events in the first place. But, we realized that we are two black women with a dream. From as young as 15 years old, we've known each other to always prevail and accomplish our goals. We realize that together we can honestly make amazing things happen. & that's just the nature of WOMEN in general. We empower each other, we embody each other & no force against us shall prosper because womanhood & sisterhood is so powerful. 

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At Food, Booze & Blues, we used the power of our impact, the power of our art & the power of our talent to let our voices be heard. We let go of all negativity, let our light shine & exuded black girl magic & confidence. Our performers stood true to the theme & sang songs like "Superwoman". We had spoken word pieces representing the resilience of black women & poems uplifting the melanin in our skin. We had dance representing our culture through Hip-Hop & I must say; we really DID THAT! I want to again give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who performed, helped out & everyone who came.

Stay Tuned for our next event, "Champagne & OJ: End of Summer Brunch/Day Party" on Saturday August 25th!

 

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Eat & Speak: A Food Tasting Event Showcase

Eat & Speak: A Food Tasting Event Showcase