On February 19, 2020 the Lambda Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. hosted its second annual James Hemings Memorial CQQK Off at the University of Virginia. The idea of this event was to commemorate the memory of a great black culinary figure with ties to the University of Virginia, while also promoting Black businesses in the city of Charlottesville.
“James Hemings was one of the greatest chefs in American history and a trailblazer that had a monumental impact on giving the United States its culinary identity,” the chapter wrote Watch The Yard explaining the historical figure the cook-off was named after. “James was a member of the Hemings family owned by Thomas Jefferson and the brother of Sally Hemings, the mother of three of Thomas Jefferson’s children. He was also one of the first Americans who trained the art of French cuisine and popularized many dishes in the United States such as french fries, mac and cheese, meringues, creme brulee, and many others. For all of his contributions, his name is not known nearly well enough.”
“Given the fact that he is native to the Charlottesville, working between Thomas Jefferson’s estate and the University of Virginia, we believed it was important to celebrate his memory. In order to educate our peers and community about his impact and potentially inspire others to follow his path, we have organized a cook-off at the University of Virginia.”
For this event, the chapter invited chefs from local black-owned restaurants and catering start-ups to prepare a dish of their choosing. They partnered with UVA Dining to have these chefs oversee the UVA Dining staff making their top dishes to serve to hungry event attendees who then voted on their favorite dish.
The event also featured a guest appearance from Chef Gerron Hurt, the first African-American winner of the hit TV Series Master Chef and Nashville Industry Chef of the Year, and fellow brother of Omega Psi Phi as a special guest and judge.
Share this on Facebook if you think this deserves to go VIRAL!
AKAs7 days ago
Her Alpha Kappa Alpha Line Sisters Showed up to Surprise Her With a Song During Chemo
Deltas4 days ago
What Netflix’s ‘Self Made’ Series Got Wrong About Delta Sigma Theta’s Margaret Murray Washington
Sigmas5 days ago
This Is How The Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Revealed Their Spring 2020 Line at Jackson State University
Deltas1 week ago
Delta Sigma Theta Soror from Mobile, Al Pays Homage to Her Sorority and West Point with Beautiful Custom Mardi Gras Train
Service1 week ago
Scholly Releases Student Relief Fund Giving $200 to Students and Parents Who Have Been Financially Impacted by the Coronavirus
Alphas4 days ago
This Is How Alpha Phi Alpha Revealed Its Spring 2020 Line at The University of Houston
chapter leadership4 days ago
5 Ways to Improve Your Fraternity/Sorority Chapter’s Instagram Page
obituary5 days ago
Black Greekdom Mourns The Death of Omega and Beloved Detroit Community Leader Marlowe Stoudamire