“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. It is we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous talented. Who am I not to be; Me playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. When we shine we consciously give others permission to do the same…so shine!”
…FiftySevenNorth takes me home
‘You Can’t Get Full If Your Soul Isn’t Fed‘
I put as much energy into the food I cook as in the space I prepare it in. Our intimate dinners and one on one cooking lessons are EPIC! Ranging from scavenger hunts to mystery baskets our clients are left feeling full.
The relationship between food and I began at a very young age growing up in Chicago. The style, the festivals, the block parties and reunions…food was center of it all. My Grandmother, a vessel to all things food, is a huge inspiration on my journey in the culinary world. She introduced me to cheesy grits, poached eggs(as a child) and still the best yeast rolls I’ve ever had in my life. Leaving Chicago as a teen wasn’t easy but I knew when I wanted to go back home to get the best food, or to butter my Grannie’s rolls I’d hit highway 57North to get there.
I wanted to do cook, feed people, create, share, talk, listen, read…FOOD! Moving to California only made the desire stronger. An opportunity opened for me at the CHEFS program in San Francisco and I took my passion, aligned it with skills, creativity and now I’m living my dreams. FiftySevenNorth caters to the specific culinary needs of our clientele. Elevating everyday foods into healthy, palatable cuisine is, well MY LIFE!!
SousSHE is a program that empowers young women and encourage their continuous development through food and other artistic ventures. Under this program young women are learning the essentials of nutrition, fusion, self realization and more. Our goal is to raise awareness, provide needed resources and help aid ally/sister organizations that advocate for black girls & young women.
SousSHE along with an array of activities formed under FiftySevenNorth fulfills a community need with a vision to encourage women to pursue their culinary & artistic dreams. We consult with different organizations to ensure resources are available to them as they learn to advocate, invest & build trust within themselves. In addition to their exploration in the arts and culinary field we promote self-care, fearlessness & self-esteem motivation.
Sis, Let’s Do Brunch & Spill The Tea
This seasonal tea is one that empower women through conversation of shared strengths & struggles. Fundamentally creating a space that women feel comfortable enough to talk about the often unspoken. Some of us were raised to fear the yes within ourselves, to doubt but push others forward. My favorite writings of empowerment are from women who write about fear and self-perseverance;
“To encourage excellence is to go beyond the encouraged mediocrity of our society”…Audre Lorde”
As a child growing up, the women in the community introduced us to a world larger than where we lived. They did it through town halls, dinners, field trips and conversing with us. We’re continuing that effective way of living.
Surrounded by women learning and sharing experiences on how to live a healthier morecare free life. How to #TreatYoSelf & why putting yourself first is so important.
Being proactive in your own self care is survival. As women we’re pre-programmed to do it all. We can, but that doesn’t mean we should neglect our own well-being in the process.
Being healthy and having an idea of what wellness is and means is purposeful. Let’s talk about that.