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Sweet Home Café celebrated African American History Month with Black guest chef series

Over February, a chef’s residency program hosted by Restaurant Associates brought five distinguished Black culinarians to the museum’s Sweet Home Café, where they highlighted their own creations in a special month long series.

Onsite dining operations around the country celebrated African American History Month in February in a variety of ways, but few did it with the culinary aplomb of the Sweet Home Café, appropriately so as the café serves as the main onsite dining destination at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. There, over the course of the month, dining services firm Restaurant Associates (RA) in collaboration with Thompson Hospitality, the country’s largest Black-owned foodservice contract firm, brought in five Black chefs from four separate operations, three being RA managed sites including Sweet Home Café itself, to feature their creations as part of a special month-long guest chef series.

Sweet Home’s executive chef, Ramin Coles, led off the program on Feb. 4, followed by Chef Mark Henry, CEC, chef/owner at Island Bwoy Cuisine on Feb. 11; Chef Portia Brown of RA’s operation at World Bank Group on Feb. 18; and the chef team of Alexandra Strong and Jaycee Couch from RA’s operation at Capital One Bank Headquarters on Feb. 25.

Here is a photo rundown of the chefs and some of the creations they served during Sweet Home Café’s African American History Month celebration…

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