Inspired by the flavors of culture and tradition, these Black-led food businesses offer up original takes on classic recipes to make them unique to San Diego
Sparked by a Facebook post from Wanda Rogers in the summer of 2020, the Black Food Experience is a burgeoning initiative growing with support from Slow Food Urban San Diego. The movement seeks to tell stories of Black food today and throughout history, celebrating Black food culture around San Diego. With growers, cottage food producers, food trucks, pop-up shops, and more, the Black Food Experience is creating a comprehensive network to highlight and support Black-led food initiatives in the region. Learn more about these local, Black-owned businesses and others at theblackfoodexperience.com.
Buttery cream cheese grits and smoked turkey gravy complement popcorn shrimp for a decadent dish from chef and co-owner Sarajevo Petty at Surf & Soul Spot. Influenced by her Southern roots, Petty adds tomato relish for originality, while crispy fried shrimp adds crunch to the creamy grits.
David Muhammad, the owner of I Am Green Cafe, shares that his vision is to evolve his community's diet from the legacy of plantation living by offering alternatives to foods that negatively impact health and quality of life. His fish sausage recipe uses no pork casings or fillers, just fresh whiting and seasonings marinated together for hours. The flavorful sausage is then served on a toasted brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, and special sauce.
The jambalaya at AJ's Creole Cuisine & West Coast Smokehouse combines andouille sausage from Louisiana and a vegetable medley of onions, red and green bell peppers, garlic, celery, and fire-roasted tomatoes with Creole-Afro-Caribbean chef and owner Alicia Colby’s own blend of Creole spices and seasonings. The twist? A garnish of coconut flakes and green onions for spicy sweetness.