Faces of Diversity

Boulder Labs Diversity Council


4th Wednesday
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1:00 pm DSRC 3A114
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Monthly Observances


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Presentation: Adrian Miller, The President's Kitchen Cabinet

Date & Time (Mountain): Monday, October 4, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Place: DSRC GC402 (Multipurpose Room)

The BLDC hosts speaker Adrian Miller, who will present "The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas". Adrian is a "Soul Food Scholar" who will "drop knowledge like hot biscuits" as he discusses the fascinating history of African American presidential chefs. In addition to a general survey of White House food history, Adrian shares selected anecdotes of these chefs by focusing on: Samuel Fraunces and Hercules (Washington); James Hemings, Edith Fossett and Frances Hern (Jefferson); Laura "Dollie" Johnson (Benjamin Harrison); Daisy Bonner (FDR); Alonzo Fields (Truman); Zephyr Wright (LBJ), and Patrick Clark (Clinton) and Kiana Farkash (Obama). In his presentation, Adrian informs the audience about these African Americans who were great culinary artists, family confidantes and, at times, civil rights advocates. Program flyer PDF file For more information contact Kimberly Nye x6160 or Alisa Young x4327. Webinar Registration

Adrian Miller is a food writer, attorney, and a certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, CO. He is currently the Executive Director of the Colorado Council of Churches and is the first African American and the first layperson to hold that position. Miller previously served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton and a senior policy analyst for Colorado governor Bill Ritter Jr. He has also been a board member of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Adrian is also a culinary historian who has lectured around the country on such topics as: Black Chefs in the White House, chicken and waffles, hot sauce, kosher soul food, red drinks, soda pop, and soul food. Adrian's book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time won the 2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Reference and Scholarship. His latest book published on President's Day 2017, is The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas.