A Look at Black History (and Its Future) in Food and Wine

Locals Adrian Miller and Kendra Anderson talk Colorado wine, while James Beard goes global.

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Adrian Miller (aka Soul Food Scholar and the newest member of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board) is hosting a webinar on African-Americans and Colorado wine. / Bernard Grant

When was the last time you were double booked for anything remotely fun or interesting? We’re guessing it was a while ago (we’re hoping it was a while ago, as dashing from party to party to party in the last year is…a choice).

But on Wednesday, February 17, good things come in twos. A pair of webinars—one local, one national—in honor of Black History Month are unfortunately scheduled opposite each other. Luckily for us, both topics are great food for thought any time of the year, and you can watch either (or both!) at your leisure thanks to the magic of recording.

First up: At 4:30 p.m., Adrian Miller (James Beard Award-winning author and culinary historian) will join Kendra Anderson (sommelier and former owner of the late, lamented Bar Helix) and William Davis (somm and director of education at wine importer Wilson Daniels). The trio will taste Colorado wines and talk Black history as well as the future of African-Americans in the wine industry. Register for the Zoom meeting here, or catch it on the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board’s Facebook page.

The competition, James Beard Foundation’s webinar, “Tracing the African Diaspora’s Flavors and Techniques,” includes a panel jam-packed with national names, including Julia Coney (somm and founder of Black Wine Professionals); Erick Williams (chef and owner of Chicago’s Virtue Restaurant & Bar); Jackie Summers (food and beverage writer and entreprenuer); and Valerie Erwin (food justice activist). It runs from 5 to 6 p.m. MST. Register on JBF’s website.

Talk to us! Email your experiences (and thoughts, opinions, and questions—anything, really) to askus@diningout.com

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