Everyone has a food story,
but not everyone has a restaurant.
The BIPOC Foodways Table is where their stories are told.
We share these stories at the BIPOC Foodways Table.
founded by Mecca Bos and Sean Sherman
BIPOC Foodways Alliance Table is a story-telling pop-up dinner. Each Table features a rotating co-host, selected by professional chef and food writer Mecca Bos.
The BIPOC Foodways Alliance Table provides a platform to tell underrepresented stories from women of color, elders, immigrant communities, and other individuals who hold deep culinary knowledge and wisdom. Co-hosts work with Mecca to create custom menus for each pop-up that reflect their family traditions and cultural histories.
The menu is an invitation to these stories, and it is from these stories that we can forge bonds, build empathy, and establish commonalities as we overcome the forces of white supremacy that are determined to divide us.
MECCA BOS AND SEAN SHERMAN PRESENT
BLACK x INDIGENOUS FOODWAYS
In celebration of Black History Month, please join us on Tuesday, February 27 at 5:00 or 7:30 for an intimate, 35-seat decolonized Black + Indigenous dinner at Owamni co-hosted by Mecca Bos and Sean Sherman. 5 courses, $150.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available at an additional cost.
More about this event:
To our knowledge, there is no restaurant in America that blends influences from both Black and Indigenous foodways. In their own right, these ingredients do not “belong” to one culture or another. Many of them are Indigenous to the Americas or Africa, but the trajectory of their movement, the way they have been picked up by both cultures, shared, utilized to beautiful effect, and most importantly— survived for centuries in spite of colonization, makes their confluence overdue to be showcased together.
A word from Sean: “Mecca and I have been talking about this since we have been together. Indigenous food took on the term “decolonize,” but the definition can really apply to all of the communities that were affected by colonization. America is built on rampant colonization, and there is so much to talk about when it comes to the colonization of both cultures.
The Africans who were stolen from Africa are Indigenous too. There’s so much blending of experiences for both cultures— two extremely oppressed peoples in American culture. History is being wiped off of the map to this day. It’s really important to understand how deeply Black and Indigenous roots are intertwined. This is a continuing conversation to explore all of these intersections. We have to stop looking at the world from the perspective of the oppressor. We are descended from both of these populations, and our perspective needs to be heard .”
We are stronger together.