Resistance Served to celebrate Black contributions to hospitality industry

Ashtin Berry and Kisira Hill met in May of 2018, and the connection was instant. With both making a name for themselves in the hospitality and beverage industries as well as community development, their shared passions launched into Radical Xchange. Their vision, “seeing diversity as a recipe for cultural wealth,” will be on display at a mini conference. From Sunday, February 3 through Tuesday, February 6 Radical Xchange will host its inaugural event, Resistance Served, right here in New Orleans.

Resistance Served is a celebration of past, present, and preparation for the future. New Orleans roots run deep in not only hospitality but Black and African American cuisine as well. That makes it a perfect place to recognize and honor the accomplishments of Black and African American contributions to the hospitality world, and beyond. Over the course of two and a half days there will be panels, dinners, field trips and of course, a party or two.

Panels will take a look back on the innovators and contributors in the hospitality world that changed the game and opened doors with transparent discussions on where we’ve been, and where we are going. Panelist include Dr. Howard Conyers of BBQ Pitmasters; James Beard Award-winning author, Michael W. Twitty; culinary historian, Therese Nelson; Mike Potter of Black Brew Culture and many more. Intimate dinners will be hosted by acclaimed chefs, sommeliers and beverage directors. The Queen of Creole Cuisine herself, Leah Chase, will host a dinner talk with celebrity chef Carla P. Hall that Monday evening at Dooky Chase’s. A Tiki and Slow Jams Party with DJ Chinua and Best of the Beat-nominated DJ Lil Jodeci will take place later that evening. Resistance Served will close things out with Best of the Beat-nominated artists DJ RQ Away and others Tuesday night.

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