Jay-Z Invests In Black-owned Vegan Company, Partake Foods

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Hip-hop’s first billionaire, Jay-Z, is putting his fortune to good use with a recent $1 million investment in a Black-owned vegan company called Partake Foods, reports Black Enterprise.

ormer Coca-Cola sales director, Denise Woodard, started the company in 2016 after her daughter was diagnosed with a variety of food allergies. She states on the company’s websitethat after leaving several grocery stores frustrated and mystified because there were no allergy-friendly snacks on the shelves, she decided to do something about it and create her own.   READ MORE

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Downtown Disney District Adss Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes

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The Downtown Disney District location will be the first for Black Tap to introduce its enhanced counter service style. After ordering and once you’re seated, a Black Tap team member will take any of your other menu, drink and CrazyShake orders. This will also be the first location where CrazyShakes can be ordered to go from a take-out Shake Window.

What’s so crazy about these shakes? Why are these burgers award-winning? READ MORE

 

Inside the H.E. Williams Candy Factory- Cranking Out Old Fashioned Candy

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H.E. Williams Candy Factory is located in Chesapeake and has been in business since 1919.

According to the company Facebook Page:

The family business philosophy hasn’t changed much over the years; keep it simple, work hard, and make a great product. All business is done via mail or telephone, there’s not a computer, atm, or cash register to be found, and there’s no online store; payments are accepted in cash or check only. Even still, the family can hardly keep up with the demand for their signature treats, selling batches almost as fast as they make them. We sell our tasty treats right in the factory, through local distributors in VA and NC, and we also ship orders via USPS.

 

Check Out How the Candy is Made:

 

Cannoli Cake Recipe

 

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Recipe by Lisa Huff- Click to See Her Recipe

 

Growing up in New York, I am familiar with the cannoli culture so when a friend of mine pictured shared a photo of a cannoli cake, it a caught my attention.   I reposted it on our Multi Cultural Cooking Network page on Facebook.   And like after like, share after and saves happened.

Click Here to Enjoy checking out this recipe.

 

Los Angeles: Danny Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts

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The movie and television tough guy, Danny Trejo has a sweet side.  The menu features fun names of his delectable treats, the machete is jelly filled.  Other donuts include the O.G., Abuelita, Low Rider and more.  He passion for food extends beyond sweets.  He started with Danny Trejo’s Tacos.   The menu included vegan and gluten-free menu items.  Check out his website and a great interview with the Duke of Donuts.  http://www.trejosdonuts.com

Food Truck Wednesdays in Maryland

Hooray for Wednesdays! Yay! Fun! Fun! Fun! 

Why the cheers for the week’s “get over the hump day?” Well, it’s because in Maryland, there are tantalizing tastes just waiting to be discovered at Food Truck Wednesdays. This fiesta of food happens every Wednesday from spring to the end of October at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department in Arbutus, MD and Red Lion Hotel’s parking lot in Timonium, MD. 

The food trucks include all kinds of scrumptious local and international cuisine including: soul-food, Greek, Mexican, Korean, Indian and even dessert trucks. Here are just some of the food trucks who frequent the event:

  • The Gypsy Queen
  • Greek on the Street
  • Beef on the Street
  • Wanna Pizza This
  • Kommie Pig
  • Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
  • Farm to Charm
  • Mexican on the Run
  • Deja Roux

The Multi Cultural Cooking Network had the opportunity to catch up with one of the founders of the event, Chad Houck of H2 Markets. What a chat! We talked to him about the origins of the event, how the trucks are selected and what to expect in the coming months. Check out the interview above, and find out more information about Food Truck Wednesdays by going to FoodTruckNites.com.

Photo and video provided by Foundation Media Services

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Eat your food on the run at Food Truck Wednesdays. Here is a Korean Beef BBQ Wrap from the Gypsy Queen food truck

 

 

An International Dessert: Rum Balls

Rum balls are a truffle-like confection of sweet, dense cake or biscuit material flavoured rum-ballswith chocolate and rum. They are roughly the size of a golf ball and often coated in chocolate sprinkles, desiccated coconut, or cocoa. As their name implies, these cookies contain rum. Because they are not baked, the alcohol flavour and kick are not lost during preparation. This cookie is especially popular during the holiday season.

Typical Danish rum balls with different kinds of sprinkles

Rum balls are a popular Christmas treat in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Denmark (where they are called romkugler and enjoyed all the year round).

There are many different ways to make rum balls, as recipes vary from region to region and family to family. All rum balls must include chocolate and rum, but the rest of the ingredients vary in kind, form, and amount.

To make rum balls, the cake (or biscuit) material is crushed and mixed with cocoa and a moist binding ingredient, such as jam or condensed milk. Other optional ingredients can also be added, such as nuts. When the mixture holds together firmly, it is rolled into balls and then coated.

Click to See Rum Ball Recipe

Van Leewen Ice Cream: NY & LA

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If any thing truly positive has happened culinary-wise in the last decade, it is the advent of gourmet ice cream.  No more of the boring few flavors of my childhood which made always rather blah about ice cream   Now, thanks to companies like Van Leewen we have flavors like Earl Grey Tea, Ginger Small Kettle Candied Ginger,  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk and more.

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Enjoy Ginger Ice Cream with chunks of Ginger

Van Leewen has more locations in New York than Los Angeles.  However, both cities offer Food Trucks.

Visit the website for locations: http://www.vanleeuwenicecream.com/wbtyqmpq1t3s02f84b97vtf8wb2s7s

Salt & Straw Ice Cream Shop: A Portland and Los Angeles Delight

Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate, Honey Lavendar,  Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese, and  Freckled Woodblock Chocolate are just of the gourmet flavors you can experience at Salt & Straw Ice Cream shops.

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To the Left (MCCN Editor having Honey lavender)

My friend who lived in the Portland Area recently moved to LA and asked I wanted to get ice cream.    Now, I don’t love ice cream.  I like it.  I crave it more when it is hot but gourmet ice can change your mind about what you know to be ice cream.  Nothing boring on the menu like plain old chocolate, ice cream or strawberry.  And the title of each flavor at this shop is likely to be more than one word.  Like popular yogurt shops they let you endlessly sample flavors.   Considering that the flavors are so different, it is best than you can before walking on the wild side.

Take 2

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The proof is in the putting when you can bring friends back to enjoy the experience with you.   We’re not selfish like Eddie Murphy’s famous comedy skit, ” I got some ice cream and you ain’t gone none. ”  No, the more the merrier when it comes to sharing in masterful taste experience.

Visit the website for locations:  http://saltandstraw.com/