Alex Askew, Selena Cuffe and Judia Black (202235)

The Black Culinary Alliance celebrated its 12th annual Global Food & Wine Experience Friday, April 8, 2016, at Espace in New York City. Their mission to create exposure and provide educational opportunities for culinary and hospitality professionals of color led the night, and what followed was a celebration of those who have achieved success.

Participating in this year’s event were restaurants and chefs from across the tristate area: two-time “Chopped” champion chef Marc Bynum of Hush Bistro, chef Chris Smith of the Crown Plaza, Long Island’s Cornbread & Caviar, Cake Bliss, Damascus Bakery, Brooklyn Bell, chef Kavon Langley of Gourmet Bliss Catering, Make My Cake, Solomon & Kuff, Tyqulae Catering, Tonnie’s Minis and Morgan Dining Room at the Morgan Library.

This year’s event honored strong women in the culinary field. Judia Black, sommelier and CEO of enJoie, a lifestyle, media and events company, presented the Vision in Wine Award to honoree Selena Cuffe, founder of Heritage Link Brands, the largest importer of wines made by indigenous Africans.

Alex Askew, president and CEO of BCAGlobal, knows the work that he and his team do is vital to the success of young people of color in the hospitality industry. Askew said, “This [event] has not only opened new doors but has also inspired these promising young people to venture toward exciting new careers, such as wine sommelier, as they develop their career map.”