- December 17, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Experience U Presentation:
Words of Comfort, Food for Comfort
by Food Historian and Author Adrian Miller
4 p.m., Thursday, December 17, 2020
To kick off the December Holiday Season BLC is excited and honored to be hosting food historian and “recovering lawyer and politico” Adrian E. Miller, a Denver native and award-winning author.
Adrian will engage us in conversation about culinary history, southern soul food and the many benefits of sharing a meal together. During these unsettling times he will describe how food has the power to comfort and how we comfort ourselves and others in times of trouble as well as joy.
Adrian is a Colorado native, the first layperson and African American to service as director of the Colorado Council of Churches, and author of “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time,” a book awarded the 2014 James Beard Foundation book award for reference and scholarship.
Adrian will bring his stories of unity and reconciliation at the dinner table at the end of a very tumultuous year with our nation facing a health crisis, racial unrest, and gaping political divisions.
Having served as a political aide in The White House and as an attorney and policy analyst, he remains optimistic and enjoys sharing his message of food history to build bridges.
In a recent interview he said: “As we strive for racial equity, it’s gonna be messy.” To “break bread” for centuries has meant to share a meal as a way to build meaningful relationships between strangers and adversaries. And, through his TED Talks, TV interviews, university guest lectures and fundraisers, he has spread his message of food bringing people together.
Adrian will read from his second book: “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” tells the story of more than 150 African American White House chefs who served presidents from Washington to Obama. We are proud to announce that participants will be entered into a raffle to win an autographed copy!
Join us in celebration of the Holiday Season to hear Adrian’s inspiring vision and historical perspectives on how food has the power to bring people together.