2022 Black History Month Celebration-Soul Food

February 10, 2022, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

2022 Black History Month Celebration- DeKalb History Center

Soul Food is perhaps the most misunderstood cuisine in American culinary history. For a long time, African Americans proudly called chitlins, collards, and hog maws, survival food. But now, Soul Food is criticized by some as shameful and backwards. What is the truth according to DeKalb’s citizenry?

Join us as Adrian Miller, James Beard Award Winner, kicks off the event with a special live video message to attendees. Next, Chef Asata Reid and culinary historian Akila McConnell give dynamic presentations about the places, people, and recipes that shaped DeKalb’s Soul Food history. Then, enjoy a catered Soul Food meal prepared by Phenomenal Foods by Chef Holly and participate in an informative panel discussion. After this presentation, you will approach your next Soul Food meal with a newfound reverence and perspective.


Akila McConnell, Author and Culinary Historian

Chef Asata Reid, Chef and Community Health Educator

The host is LaDoris Bias-Davis.


Thursday, February 10, 2022

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 2nd floor


Read the 2022 Companion Booklet Here 

2022 Sponsors




       Judge & Mrs. Ronald B. Ramsey, Sr.




Argosy Restaurant


American Baptist Historical Society


Tricia & Walt Drake


Mike Lehman


The Marlay House


Cathy Mullins


Oakhurst Baptist Church


Organization of DeKalb Educators


Pete & Charlotte Pfeiffer


Tom Woodward