Adrian and I spoke sometime in 2020. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I felt like reaching out to him while the sky was falling around us. I’m sure that I was still in deep denial about how long COVID would be around. I’d watched his work with a lot of interest. As a foodie, I paid attention to his work and finally after seeing Adrian on the show Somewhere South, I knew it was time for a conversation. In listening to the episode I wish I would have asked questions like: How do you think the pandemic is impacting the experience of food? And what will our food story be coming out of this time? Luckily, Adrian ended up on a new show that captured my imagination and touched on those questions. You can see him as a historical expert on “High on the Hog” a 4 part series on Netflix about the African-American contribution to American food. It’s a must watch.
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Listen to the Episode
- I recorded this episode from the Stay Amigo Lodge in Salida, CO
- Colorado native Adrian Miller “The Soul Food Scholar” Dropping Knowledge Like Hot Biscuits!
- His side-hustle is writing books about food.
- How on earth did Adrian become a self-taught food scholar especially coming from Colorado that didn’t have an innovative food culture.
- His parents were a part of the great migration of African-Americans moving out of the South to other parts of the US. That influenced his food experience.
- John Egerton’s comment about never having seen a preeminent book on the history of Black food
- Adrian wins a James Beard award for his work.
- I ask about how he’s experienced the changing food scene in Colorado.
- Difficulty growing and cultivating food may have been a barrier to establishing a Colorado food scene.
- Denver Food Security Council here in Denver and we’re becoming a lot more conscious about the conversation around advocating for folks and keeping them feed.
- I ask the quintessential Colorado question for people who grew up here.
- Adrian shares what it’s like to go out in the world as a Black Coloradan
- 1860’s a group of Black men fought for the right to vote in Colorado
- 1895 Colorado had a civil rights law
- Gentrification in Denver is an issue for Colorado cultural identity
- Black people are everywhere LOL!
- Robert Smith, the Billionaire is from Denver.
- Pueblo Chili vs. Hatch Chili-Why doesn’t the Pueblo Chili get as much love. Pueblo does host the Pueblo Chili and Frijoles Festival and it’s happening September 24-26, 2021
- I ask Adrian the following question in two different ways.
- What would you tell someone who is looking to move here?
- What would you tell a POC who is looking to move here?
- We talk about the City of Aurora-it has an incredible food scene. You can get almost any type of food that you can think of.
- What Adrian’s top 3 bbq places in Denver right now (do you agree)
- Owl Bear
- Roaming Buffalo