Krystal Mack, the owner of Blk//Sugar bakery in R. House, will cook at the James Beard House this weekend during an annual dinner celebrating chefs of color.
Mack will assist Thierry Delourneaux, executive pastry chef at the St. Regis hotel in Washington, D.C., at Saturday’s Iconoclast Dinner at the James Beard House. The dinner, part of the Iconoclast Dinner Experience series, celebrates the best chefs of color* in the culinary industry.
Other participants include Asha Gomez of Atlanta; New York City’s Gerardo Gonzalez; Jason Howard of London; Seattle’s Edouardo Jordan; Digby Stridiron of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands; Femi Oyediran of Charleston, S.C.; and New York City’s Karl Franz Williams.*
Following a reception, the team will prepare a seven-course dinner for about 80 people at the venue, with a menu including grilled quail, lamb loin, and dry-aged strip steak dishes, to name a few. For dessert, Delourneaux and Mack will prepare an ivory chocolate cream pyramid with Meyer lemon curd, oatmeal crumble and Madras-spiced ice cream.
Tickets are $150 for the pre-dinner preview, $750 for general admission, $1,000 for VIPs or $1,250 for extended VIPs. All of the proceeds benefit Spelman College students from Jamaica and sub-Saharan African countries.
The Iconoclast Dinner Experience also hosts an annual event in Chicago, the All-Star Culinary Bash, as well as the #IconoDinner Chat the week before the New York dinner. The Chicago event was held in April.
*Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the types of chefs the event honors on second reference, and incorrectly identified two of the honorees at the dinner. The dinner celebrates chefs of color. And Femi Oyediran and Karl Franz Williams will handle drink pairings for the event. The Sun regrets the errors.
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