WOMAN WHO ROCKS-KESHIA KNIGHT PULLIAM

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

Everyone knows Keshia Knight Pulliam as the adorable youngest child of the Huxtable clan on The Cosby Show. Even if never seen the show you knew who Rudy Huxtable was. Keshia is one of the few child stars that didn’t succumb to the typical wild child syndrome.

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She went on to graduate with Honors from Spelman College in 2001 with a B.A. in Sociology with a minor concentration in Film. While at Spelman her entreprenual spirit blossomed as well as her love for political activism and philanthropy.

Keshia’s work with under deserved communities is something that I can relate to. I have such a passion to help in communities that do not have the resources or the ability to move higher due to circumstances.

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When Keshia discovered the absence of positive imagery of young people, and knowing first-hand the significance positive women can have on their lives, Keshia started Kamp Kizzy in 2001. A non-profit foundation designed to empower. Kamp Kizzy is a free mentorship camp for youth ages 11-16 in Atlanta. This camp attracts kids from all around the country, and is impacting girls in unimaginable ways. With the development of this foundation, Keshia made a commitment to remain an active participant in the lives of young people.

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The goal of Kamp Kizzy is to provide a series of workshops, lectures, and community projects, which assists in the growth, empowerment and evolvement of young people in Atlanta and surrounding communities. Keshia is a role model for the kids, and her public presence on and off the TV/movie screen has given her the platform to influence all those that come in contact with her.

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Keshia devolved into another love that she has recently, cooking. While in her kitchen she developed a line of seasonings, Keshia’s Kitchen Collection Seasonings. She developed each spice blend with the goal of creating a collection of easy to use products that she would use to feed her own family. Each seasoning contains everything necessary to make a scrupulous dish. Meat, Poultry, and All Purpose seasonings contain all natural ingredients, in addition to being gluten free and Kosher.

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Recently she threw her public support behind her TV father, Bill Cosby when she attended his trial. Keshia is one of the few people that has shown support.

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“I came to support because this is where you hear the facts. This is where the truth happens. Ultimately, it’s easy to support someone and to be in their corner when things are great. When things are good. But…true family, friendship, integrity is how people show up and support when things aren’t looking so great, when they aren’t shining.”

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Keshia also currently hosts her own podcast show every week, Kandidly Keshia. An intimate real discussion and look into her life, love and happiness. She has had Bill Cosby, and Deon Richmond on her show. You are able to learn more about Keshia the person, the sister, the daughter, the mother, the actress, the role model, and activist. Make sure you tune in and download each episode. @Kandidly Keshia

Follow Keshia on social media for more:
Instagram: @keshiaknightpulliam
Facebook: @TheRealKeshiaKnightPulliam
Twitter: @peachespulliam
http://www.keshiaknightpulliam.me

Follow Kamp Kizzy and visit the website to donate:
Instagram: @kampkizzy
Facebook: @KampKizzy
Twitter: @kampkizzy
http://www.kampkizzy.com

You can learn more about her seasoning line and purchase her seasonings on her website:
http://www.keshiaskitchen.com

SPOTLIGHT TUESDAY-KIRBEE MILLER

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

I have literally known Kirbee and her family since we were kids living on the same block in Michigan. I spent a lot of time at their house, and there was a lot of cooking being done by everyone.

Kirbee began cooking at the tender of 5. In Michigan, she had neighbors and family with various cooking styles that gave her a diverse training and a deeper look into the culinary world. Kirbee’s mother often tells stories of Kirbee in the kitchen experimenting with different techniques at a young age. Even though she couldn’t reach any of the counters in the house that didn’t stop her. She dragged barstools or whatever she could find to get cooking.

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So, after all, that you would think that she went on to get a culinary education when she grew up. But, after Kirbee graduated from high school she moved to Nashville, TN and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry and a Masters in Healthcare Informatics. These two degrees couldn’t be further from cooking, but it just goes to show that your education doesn’t always determine your destination.

Living in Nashville she discovered the rich culinary history that Nashville has to offer. Nashville has a mixture of traditional southern food, international cuisine and all the foods from transplants that relocated to the city. Nashville awakened a deep culinary desire within her.

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Kirbee gets such joy from sharing the love and having the opportunity to connect over a table of delicious food. The best moments for her are the seconds of silence that follow the first bite of food and seeing the expressions of pure enjoyment spread across a person’s face. Her culinary experience ranges from working with a catering company to branching out into doing some boutique catering in Nashville.

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Kirbee knew that she wanted to experiment with a culinary business so out of that came KiNiMi Kitchen, an interactive and immersive cooking show experience.

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“KiNiMi Kitchen has been an idea that I’ve have for a while and just recently gave it wings to free the idea from my mind. The interest has been great. My goal is to grow the show and see where I can go with it.”

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“I love creativity and of course food. I’m researching and exploring avenues, and events to grow exposure and to help refine the idea and take it to the next level.”

With KiNiMi Kitchen it gives Kirbee the opportunity to share her passion for cooking with the world while exploring, developing and most importantly creating long-lasting memories.

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Kirbee has competed in several competitions in the Nashville area and has had a pop-up shop for her food at a Pottery Barn. Her amazing Shrimp and Grits were available to taste during the event. With this momentum, she is well on her way to making a name for herself in the culinary world, I say next stop is the Food Network.

KiNiMi Kitchen is available for catering, custom cakes, and baked goods. Contact them at kinimicreative@gmail.com.

You can follow Kirbee and KiNiMi Kitchen on social media for more information.
Instagram: @kinimikitchen and @kinimi11

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Also, check out KiNiMi Kitchen’s YouTube channel to join the interactive kitchen fun.

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GOODR: THE FOOD RESCUE APP

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

While attending a Black Chef’s Network event in December I was made aware of an amazing new program that helps feed the homeless and less fortunate and stop food waste at the same time.

Black Celebrity Giving (BCG) was created by Jasmine Crowe in 2011. The idea for BCG came from the vivid awareness of a lack of media coverage of not only black celebrities, but also black people doing positive things to impact our communities. Jasmine launched Goodr in October 2016. She decided to launch this through BCG because she has been feeding the homeless for over three years and realized there was a lot of food being wasted and wanted to create a solution. So she reached out and partnered with different restaurants and eateries to assistant with this intiative.

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ABOUT GOODR: THE FOOD RESCUE APP

The App merges food rescue with mobile technology, provides economic opportunity to drivers, saves families struggling with food security, money and reduces waste in our community. While informing the donor of their impact in pounds donated and meals provided.

They’ve provided a mobile solution that rescues food and reduces food waste. Goodr connects donors with surplus food to non-profits, soup kitchens, shelters, and individuals who are food insecure. Their custom algorithm shows users how much food they rescue and meals they provide. They provide economic opportunities for drivers, while reducing food waste an saving families money.

In America 1 out of 7 people are hungry. In the metro Atlanta area more than 755,000 people including nearly 300,000 children and seniors live in food-insecure households. 33 million tons of good food goes to waste in the United States per year. Food waste cost us roughly 1.3 billion to dispose of.

76% of food insecure families in Atlanta battle the decision of choosing between paying for food or paying for utilites. Just 15% of reduction in food waste could save enough food to feed 25 million hungry Americans.

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A few of the restaurant heroes that have committed to end hunger are Red Lobster, Starbucks, Nancy’s Pizza, Tom, Dick & Hank, and Chipolte.

Drivers are able to pick and deliver food in their area, they won’t be asked to leave their home area to pick up or drop off.

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To sign up to become a driver, become a donor, or for more information visit:
http://www.goodrapp.com

Follow them also on social media:
Twitter: @GoodrFoodRescue
Instagram: @goodrfoodrescue
Facebook: Goodr Food Rescue

TRINA BRAXTON’S BAR CHIX

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

I visited Bar Chix recently for the first time a couple of weeks ago on Friday for karaoke night and when I tell you it was a good time. It was everything. Located outside of Atlanta in Duluth, GA it was an experience that I will not soon forget. Let me tell you don’t get discouraged by the location, you will be glad that you went when you arrive.

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Trina Braxton just recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of Bar Chix. So I have to say HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO BAR CHIX! The moment you walk in there is a warm atmosphere that draws you in, from the staff, the décor, and the music, it will be hard for you not to have a good time there. If you go on Wednesday and Fridays then you are in for an added treat with karaoke. If you are lucky you will get a chance to see Trina rock the mic singing her favorite songs. Signature drinks and small plates complete the Bar Chix experience. I will definitely be back.

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The staff is amazing and you can tell that they love their jobs and it definitely comes across. Shout out to Mackenzie for accommodating our large party when we needed to move a couple of times due to the increase of our group. This is a great place to have a gathering or to go for happy hour after work. Shout out also to my new favorite server Porsha who was very patient and kind with us.

I am excited to see what else is in store for Trina Braxton and Bar Chix. She also has a bourbon line coming out and that bourbon was unlike any kind I had ever tasted, it went down so smooth and had no burn.

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Follow Trina and Bar Chix on social media for further information and updates.

Instagram: @barchix
Facebook: Bar Chix

Twitter: @TrinaBraxton
Instagram: @trinabraxton1
Facebook: Trina E. Braxton

ATLANTA FOODSERVICE EXPO

We had the opportunity to attend the Atlanta Foodservice Expo on September 19-20 at the Cobb Galleria Centre this year. It was great to experience different foods from the various vendors and wines from all over at the event. We also had the opportunity to attend culinary demonstrations, our favorite being AFC Milkshake Demo with Kami R. Smith. This event is a wealth of knowledge for anyone in attendance.

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ABOUT THE ATLANTA FOODSERVICE EXPO:

The Atlanta Foodservice Expo is the only event in Georgia that brings together all sector of the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality under one roof. The latest products, services, and technologies are showcased for the industry, along with a comprehensive and leading-edge program of education that provides foodservice operators in Georgia and surrounding markets with the best tools to grow and improve their businesses.

Mark your calendars for next year, it’s not something to be missed.

SEPTEMBER 18-19, 2017

For more information check their website:
http://www.atlantafoodserviceexpo.com