More than a month: These 10 destinations elevate Black culture year-round

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While Americans typically commemorate Black achievements and historical challenges during Black History Month in February, African Americans have made contributions that can and should be talked about, honored and celebrated in destinations across the country throughout the year.

— Benét J. Wilson and Ronny Maye

The best cookbooks of 2023

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This has been a phenomenal year for cookbooks — books that inspired us to get into the kitchen. For baking cakes, making cocktails, eating more vegetables, planning parties, exploring the world. We dove into Japanese and Vietnamese vegetarian recipes, Nigerian home cooking, Iranian yogurt making, Mexican grilling, Roman Jewish frying and more.

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— Stephanie Breijo, Danielle Dorsey, Julie Giuffrida, Betty Hallock, Jenn Harris, Lucas Kwan Peterson, Laurie Ochoa

Euclid native, fried chicken guru Kenny Gilbert touts new cookbook

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Kenny Gilbert grew up in Euclid during the 1970s and '80s and started cooking before he was 10 years old. When he had childhood sleepovers, he'd awaken early to cook breakfast for friends. At 11, he scratch-cooked an entire Thanksgiving dinner - from turkey to pumpkin pies - without help. As a high school athlete, he cooked for his swim team.

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— Paris Wolfe

Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan Set to Host Southern Cooking Global Favors Brunch

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The Sunday afternoon brunch will include fabulous food, drink, and conversation with chef Maneet Chauhan to celebrate the release of "Southern Cooking Global Flavors" by renowned Chef Kenny Gilbert. Guests will enjoy a multi-course brunch featuring dishes with southern flair from Chef Kenny (such as Jerk Spiced Spareribs and The Flavor Bomb Chicken Biscuit) with robust Indian pairings from Maneet.

— Tuwanda Coleman

Episode 260: Being a Cookbook Writer: Writing Recipes for Plated Food with Chef Kenny Gilbert

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Chef Kenny Gilbert is best known for his appearance on “Top Chef” Season seven, where he displayed a big personality and instantly became one of the most likable cheftestants to date. An award winning-chef and restaurateur, Gilbert's career spans over two decades and has graced him with opportunities to travel around the world and learn the authentic techniques and flavors of global cuisines.

— Green Apron Company and Maggie Green

The 40 Best Food Gifts to Mail Anyone Who Loves Cooking (and Eating!)


Loisa Salt-Free Flavor Trio Combo - Help loved ones amp up their meals with this salt-free set of Adobo, Sofrito, and Sazón seasonings, inspired by traditional Latin flavors. Bonus: Two percent of Loisa's sales is donated to support food and social justice causes.

— Monica Chon and Nashia Baker

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Top Chef star chef Kenny Gilbert shares his new cookbook 'Southern cooking global flavors'

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Award-winning chef Kenny Gilbert, known for cooking for Oprah Winfrey and appearing on Top Chef, introduces his latest cookbook 'Southern Cooking Global Flavors'.

— Chicago Today

Around the World in Five Southern Cookbooks

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Anyone who needs proof that biscuits are the South’s quintessential foodstuff need only crack a book.

— Jonathan Miles

Chef Kenny Gilbert packs southern favorites, global recipes in new cookbook

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He starred on the hit show Top Chef and was once Oprah's private chef. Now, Chef Kenny Gilbert is releasing his first cookbook, packed with global flavors and mouthwatering southern recipes. The cookbook titled “Southern Cooking, Global Flavors” reimagines classic dishes of the South while capturing international variations from his experience cooking around the world.

— Atlanta News First staff

Fire up the grill for Memorial Day weekend with these expert tips, tricks and recipes

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and, for many, grilling season.As Americans get ready to gather with friends and fire up the grill, 'Good Morning America' tapped a handful of culinary experts to share their tips to tame the flames as well as easy, delicious recipes that will be a hit all summer long.

— Kelly McCarthy

'Oprah, you need to try this': Chef Kenny Gilbert on fusion food and his famous fried chicken

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The 'Top Chef' star's first cookbook, 'Southern Cooking, Global Flavors' is out now

— Ashlie D. Stevens

'Top Chef' star Kenny Gilbert pairs chicken wing mole with charred corn-jalapeño mac and cheese

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Here's the recipe from his new book 'Southern Cooking, Global Flavors'

— Kenny Gilbert

Jacksonville Magazine, May 2022

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This issue of Jacksonville Magazine includes Best In Jax and Best In Bride readers poll results.

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Oprah's Favorite Chicken Sandwich Packs A Major Flavor Bomb Bun

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Of course, there are fancier versions of this recipe that you can try at home. Kenny Gilbert, Oprah's longtime personal chef, shared a one-of-a-kind version that packs major flavor. The renowned TV host is a huge fan of this meal — and with good reason.

— Maddie Brown

The Fried Chicken Sandwich Oprah Raves About

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Southern chef Kenny Gilbert shares a recipe that wowed Oprah's dinner guests.

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How to Make the Flavor Bomb, Oprah Winfrey's Favorite Fried-Chicken Sandwich

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The chef Kenny Gilbert shares his take on chicken and biscuits.

— Tori Latham

Kenny Gilbert's Jerk-Spiced Spareribs

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In his enlightening new cookbook, the Jacksonville chef brings home global variations on Southern classics

— Steve Russell

Kenny Gilbert's Coffee-Rubbed Spareribs with Poblano Apple Slaw

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Earthy flavors and espresso enhance classic ribs and slaw

— Kenny Gilbert

Kenny Gilbert's Wasabi, Honey, and Soy-Glazed Baby Back Ribs

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Layered cultural influences liven up pork ribs

— Kenny Gilbert

Stories of Black History, soul food | Vivid Hues

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Vivid Hues: Stories of Black History shares the important origin of soul food, connecting Black culture to its African roots.

— Keitha Nelson

Black culinary talent shines at South Beach Wine & Food Festival

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Last weekend's 22nd annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) ended on a delicious high note for the more than a dozen featured Black chefs and thousands of festivalgoers.

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— Johania Charles

Building a Legacy: Dr. Charles McIntosh, Jacksonville's first Black pediatrician

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A pioneer in Sickle Cell research, Dr Charles McIntosh a graduate of Old Stanton High School became the first African American pediatrician in Jacksonville.

— Keitha Nelson

Music festival coming to America's first free African-American settlement

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More than 100 years before slavery was abolished, slaves would escape to Fort Mose for freedom.

— KeitLeah Shieldsn

Building a Legacy: Spot Rite Cleaners

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She started work cleaning the bathrooms at Spot Rite Cleaners. Now, she owns the business and the adjacent strip.

— Atyia Collins

How to celebrate Black History Month across the First Coast

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NE Florida is steeped in Black history, its culture imbued with the effects of past and present Black leadership, from music and arts to architecture and religion.

— First Coast News Staff

Explore The World Through Cooking With Chef Kenny Gilbert

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The Florida chef distills a lifetime of cooking and traveling into a gorgeous new cookbook.

— Alana Al-Hatlani

Regatta Grove Brings Top Chefs And Views To Coconut Grove

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Waterfront entertainment just got a major facelift with the arrival of nautical-themed Regatta Grove, Miami's newest open-air culinary hub and gathering space conceptualized by Breakwater Hospitality Group of The Wharf fame. Regulars at The Wharf in Miami and Fort Lauderdale now have an additional destination for some schmooze and booze in the idyllic setting of Coconut Grove, and the food and beverage options happen to be quite top-notch.

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— Sarah Finkel

New Southern Cookbooks for Your Summer Kitchen

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From tackling food waste and crafting vegan barbecue to exploring global-Southern flavors, this fresh batch of Southern cookbooks is filled with tasty and soon-to-be-treasured recipes.

Vegetable Revelations: Inspiration for Produce-Forward Cooking

Kenny Gilbert's Southern Food Cannot Be Contained

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Kenny Gilbert had dozens of ideas for his first cookbook, but the Florida-based chef behind Silkie's Chicken and Champagne Bar in Jacksonville kept coming back to one: a recipe collection that could double as an autobiography. And so it would be a classic Southern cookbook, but not only that, because that would ignore the global influences—the global flavors—that have made him who he is.

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Here’s your first look at Regatta Grove, a new culinary hub backed by Miami’s biggest chefs

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“Regatta Grove is an evolution of our current concepts, remaining in line with our company’s purpose and identity,” Breakwater Hospitality cofounder Emi Guerra said in a statement. “Our goal is to continue elevating entertainment experiences while bringing innovative activations, creative beverage programs and chef-driven dining concepts together in one convenient location.”

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— Falyn Wood

A Massive Nautical-Themed Waterfront Outpost Debuts in Coconut Grove

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Breakwater Hospitality Group — the team behind hotspots like The Wharf, Carousel Club, and John Martin’s — unveiled their latest concept, Regatta Grove, in Coconut Grove’s Regatta Harbour. The gathering spot offers four culinary outposts by Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-nominated chefs, live entertainment, and impressive waterfront views.

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— Olee Fowler

Chef Kenny Gilbert releases new Southern cookbook

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Former “Top Chef” contestant, restaurateur and one of Oprah’s preferred personal chefs Kenny Gilbert joined us live with a taste preview from his new cookbook, “Southern Cooking, Global Flavors.”

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Chef Kenny Gilbert on Southern Food, Teaching Kids to Barbecue and Cooking for Oprah

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Kenny Gilbert is a busy guy. On top of being chef/owner of Silkie's Chicken & Champagne Bar in Jacksonville and vice president of culinary operations for Grove Bay Hospitality Group in Miami, he's author of the new cookbook Southern Cooking, Global Flavors.

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Fried chicken in Florida: Where to find some of the best from Fort Myers to Fort Pierce

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National Fried Chicken Day is July 6, and there are different versions of who, when and how it started.

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Take a Scenic, Comfort Food Crawl Through Coconut Grove

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Coconut Grove’s food scene has had a resurgence in the past few years. Going from an overdeveloped land of chains and sports bars to a more mom-and-pop, independently owned restaurant scene reflective of the neighborhood’s early years.

— Olee Fowler

In his debut cookbook, the award-winning chef puts a spin on some of his favorite dishes with ingredients from around the world

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Growing up in Cleveland, Kenny Gilbert always ate spaghetti with his fried chicken. “Whenever my mom would have fried chicken ready to go, she'd usually make a pot of green beans cooked with a little bit of bacon, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and a pinch of crushed pepper flakes,” Gilbert says. “And then it was always a nice big old pot of spaghetti with meat sauce.”

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Cleveland’s own celebrity chef Kenny Gilbert shares one of his most popular recipes

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Celebrity chef Kenny Gilbert is one of Cleveland’s own, having grown up in Euclid, Ohio before going on to achieve big things in the culinary world. Chef Kenny has released his first cookbook “Southern Cooking: Global Flavors” and shares a recipe with Fox 8’s Kristi Capel. Click here to learn more about Chef Kenny Gilbert.

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Chef Kenny Gilbert Goes Global with Southern Cookbook Signing

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Food lovers interested in diverse cuisine lined up at the door for admittance to Chef Kenny Gilbert’s signing for his new cookbook, ‘Southern Cooking, Global Flavors.’

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— Lynn Jones

Southern Cooking, Global Flavors

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FOX 5 NY’s Christal Young has the story with Chef Kenny Gilbert.


Chef Kenny Gilbert Cooks Up His Mom's Euclid Creek Burger

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Black Owned Businesses in the 904

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February is Black History Month. To celebrate and to help all of you celebrate as well, we've compiled a list of a few of our favorite local, black-owned businesses to support! Tag us in your favorite black-owned businesses or if you check any of these out @904happyhour!

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— Catherine Tortorici