Art direction, Experience curation, design

Black Feast

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Black Feast is a plant-based dinner series dedicated to celebrating the work of Black artists. The series was founded by Salimatu Amabebe, a Nigerian vegan chef and artist. I joined Salimatu in the Fall of 2018 to lead the art direction and social media strategy.

MY ROLE

  • Creative direction, social media strategy, graphic design, event planning, brand architecture.

WHAT I DID

  • Art directed the experience, brand and social strategy for Black Feast.


Black Feast: For Colored Girls was hosted at Feastly Portland. The meal is an intimate culinary and artistic experience for 30-40 people, served at a communal table.


Watch the Video Highlights

Video by Mike Truong of Faint Media

Menu For Black Feast: For Colored Girls

The experience consists of a four course meal, interwoven with an artistic performance from a Black artist. Each course is inspired by a specific moment within the dedicated artists’ work. All menu items Are vegan, gluten-free and free of cane sugar.

No More Love Poems #1
Daikon citrus salad with microgreens, fresh peaches and lavender vinaigrette

Toussaint
Red palm cream stew with spiced jackfruit and a medley of black-eyed peas, red onions, celery and bell peppers

Somebody Almost Walked Off Wid Alla My Stuff
Roasted plantain served on a bed of pineapple coconut rice with sautéed greens and chocolate gravy

Sechita
Vanilla cake with strawberry saffron cream, cherry sauce and cornflake crumble


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Photography by  Lyudmila Zotova

Photography by Lyudmila Zotova


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i designed a zine to accompany the meal

Each dinner guest received a zine that featured segments of Ntozake Shange’s work, alongside Salimatu’s photography, the course menu, and my own poetry.

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Art Direction

After my first Black Feast dinner, I went on to create Black Feast’s brand design. I created our website, and designed brand materials that would capture Black Feast’s unique story of food, creativity, and social impact.

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IMPACT

Black feast has gone on to be featured by eater, travel portland, portland monthly, life and thyme, among others.

Black Feast will be bringing experiences to portland, san francisco, and new york across 2019. you can keep up on Black Feast Through our website.