Just Food: Celebrating the African Diaspora, Recap with Celebrity Chef & Contemporary Artist Bryant Terry

January 20, 2023

Students, staff, faculty, and Portland community members had the honor of hosting James Beard Award-Winning celebrity chef and contemporary artist Bryant Terry for a conversation and cooking demonstration to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JR. Here's a quick recap:

James Beard Award-Winning Celebrity Chef & Contemporary Artist Bryant Terry during the lecture and cooking demonstration at PNCA

Terry discussed the intersection of social justice, food sovereignty, and the African Diaspora through recipes, art, and meaningful community impact. The opening feature included spoken artist Sterling Cunio speaking on food scarcity and the importance of cultural sustenance. 

Bryant Terry's Award-Winning Cookbook: Afro-Vegan. Served up alongside a delicious peanut greens & tofu dish.

Students were taught cultural cooking traditions, the importance of social practice, and building community through food. The audience was fed both through knowledge and a delicious meal with locally-sourced produce. 

Serving up our guests post-demonstration with Bon Appetit General Manager, Eric Thomas & Executive Chef Bryan Artega
Big thank you to Chef Terry, Bon Appetit General Manager, Eric Thomas and Executive Chef Bryan Artega, for feeding our community

The knowledge and food served were such a treasure to the PNCA community. (Can all of our lectures include a cooking demo?)

Hats off to Chef Terry!

Chef Bryant Terry
The incredible spread! Thank you, Chef!
PNCA loved your energy Chef!

If you want to catch more socially-conscious artists and designers, be sure to check out the schedule of visiting artists and lecturers this Spring on our events page. We hope to see you there!