BATON ROUGE, La. (THE LOUISIANA WEEKEND) - March is Women’s History Month. During the month of March, Washington DC based agency Dine Diaspora highlights 31 dynamic women in the food space with their Black Women in Food Initiative, which identifies, amplifies, and supports Black women in the food and beverage industry. Every day during the month of March, Dine Diaspora has highlighted a different winner across six categories including, The Amplifiers, The Game Changers, The Innovators, The Trailblazers, The Creators, and The Culinarians. This year, two of the award recipients Sinnidra Taylor and Zella Palmer are from Louisiana. I spoke with Maame Boakye, one of the Founders of Dine Diaspora about the 2022 Black Women in Food Awards. I also spoke with Game Changer Sinnidra Taylor.
Congratulations to all 31 of the honorees. Here is more information on the award recipients from Louisiana.
From Dine Diaspora
Sinnidra Taylor is a recipient of the Game Changers Award.
Sinnidra Taylor (New Orlreans, Louisiana) is the Founder and Director of Friends of Codey’s NOLA, a non-profit that supports passion-fueled culinary entrepreneurs. Sinnidra is standing up to politicians and building infrastructure and systems to enable Black food entrepreneurs to succeed. With a belief in sharing her gifts, Sinnidra is a community building who has devoted her life’s work to breaking down barriers to education, collaboration and capital by fighting for fair policies and practices that increase access to opportunities for her local community and food businesses.
Zella Palmer is a recipient of the Trailblazers Award.
Zella Palmer (New Orleans, Louisiana) is the Director of the Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture. As an author, professor, filmmaker, curator and scholar, Palmer is committed to documenting and preserving the legacy of African American, Latinx, Creole, and Indigenous culinary history. Palmer serves on the board of Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, James Beard Black & Indigenous Fun Committee and is a judge for the 2022 James Beard Restaurant & Chef Awards.
Janique Edwards is a recipient of the Innovators Award.
Janique Edwards (Brooklyn, NY USA) is COO and Co-Founder of EatOkra, an app that connects 350,000+ foodies to over 11,000 Black-owned restaurants, eateries, bars, wineries and food trucks. Janique oversees the brand’s daily operations and development of the company’s mission and values. As a natural team leader, she is leading the cultivation of a community rooted in a shared love for Black food businesses. Janique and the EatOkra team are in the process of expanding their advocacy work through the development of an e-learning platform to provide business development and financial resources to help restaurants grow and thrive.
Watch our interview with Janique Edwards here https://www.thelouisianaweekend.com/2022/02/28/find-great-local-restaurants-with-eatokra-app/
For more information on the 2022 Black Women in Food Initiative, visit https://www.blackwomeninfood.org/
For more information on Dine Diaspora, visit http://www.dinediaspora.com/
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