She Blazes will have its first annual benefit tasting menu on March 28, 2022. We are excited to announce that after some review, Thelmas Kitchen will be our next charity benefactor. Thelma’s Kitchen is an urban, city based- healthy communities initiative of Reconciliation Services.
The aspiration of She Blazes, Thelmas’s Kitchen, and Reconciliation Services is of a shared love and respect of all people. She Blazes is a platform used to bring inclusivity by increasing black and brown representation in exclusive spaces.
Thelma’s Kitchen is a healthy communities initiative of Reconciliation Services and aims to gather neighbors together over shared meals and with shared resources.
Hors D’oeuvres Course:
•Braised Asian inspired Oxtail •Napa Sesame Slaw •Grilled Pita •Peanut Drizzle
Soup Course: •Dried Shrimp •Braised beef• Yaka mein
•Shoyu Roasted Marrow •Domestic & Imported Cheeses
Bruleèd Citrus •Grilled Avocado & Whipped Sheeps Milk •Baby Spring Greens •Lotus Root Chip •Pickled Carrots •Rice Cereal Puff •Yuzu & Charred Scallion Viniagrette
•Vegan “Crabcake” •Micro greens •Vegan Sweet Chili Remoulade
•Smoked & Pan Seared Crispy Mako (Shark) •Rice Jollof •Cured Quail Egg •Spam •Stir Fry Greens •Sambal Jus
•Petite Pound Cake •Riverset Rye Caramelized Peaches •Pecan Dust •Miso Gelato •Honey Drizzle
She Blazes was formed in 2021 when an opportunity presented itself with a need for black and brown representation was not being met. Eight black women chefs set their intentions to conjoin talents to support a great cause. From there G.Y.R.L What About Me?" Tasting Menu Benefit developed.
This fundraiser was specifically centered around the inclusion of Black and Brown women in regards to Domestic Violence, Mental Health and all other areas black women are unseen.
"G.Y.R.L. What About Me?" Tasting Menu Benefit an exclusive collaboration of Black WOMEN Chefs, in the Kansas City Metro and surrounding areas, working together for a social cause.
Partial proceeds of this benefit went to G.Y.R.L(Giving Yourself Real Love) a 501(C)3 non profit organization dedicated to bringing awareness to domestic violence and mentoring victims and survivors located the Kansas City, MO.
In that same vein, we are generally left out of many conversations. This dinner not only demands we be included in those conversations, but that we are willing to lead the narrative.
Each course was hosted by a specific chef and paired with a wine to create an historical dining experience.
2021 Chef line up:
Chef Anita Moore of Soiree Steak and Oyster house (hors d’oeuvre)
Chef Fannie Gibson of Fannies West African Cuisine (soup)
Robyn Buckley of She Kan Cook (appetizer)
Natasha Bailey of Natasha’s Eatables (salad)
Polly Smith of Necessary (fish)
Natasha Ellington of Cafe Jo'el (main)
Lawona Potts of Cherish the Cakes (dessert)
wine pairings offered by Jennifer Dawn of Jenny Dawn Cellars and Shay Philips of Godly Fine Wine