February is Black History Month, and this year something delicious is brewing to celebrate. Aaron Hutcherson, an editor at Tasting Table and blogger behind The Hungry Hutch, and Meiko, blogger behind Meiko and the Dish, have put together a virtual potluck that will feature new recipes from 28 black food bloggers from around the country (that means a recipe every day).
A few weeks ago I had a dream of black #foodbloggers from across the country (world, actually) working together to help promote each other and our brands. And today that dream comes to life!👨🏾🍳 In line with #BlackHistoryMonth, I've assembled recipes from 28 black food bloggers (including myself) to bring to you a virtual potluck. (That's enough to share a new blogger and recipe with you each day of the month.) I'll be sharing the recipes on my Facebook page all month long, but you can get a sneak peek by visiting the link in my bio. A special shoutout goes to @meikoandthedish - my partner in coordinating this event and without whom said event might not have happened. Do you want to take part in the fun? Share your own dishes with #BHMpotluck on social media to join the party. 💃🏾
In a blog post by Hutcherson, he explains the impetus behind the virtual potluck: "I know this is a generalization, but I think it's safe to say that black people have a deep love of food. Though not always widely acknowledged, black food is more than just fried chicken and collard greens (though we love those dishes, too)."
In a blog post by Meiko, she explains the importance of this potluck, given the current political climate. "Right now a celebration of Black History just feels necessary with everything thing that's been going on in the last year," she explains. "If you've ever been to a black family picnic, reunion, or potluck you know how amazing it is to see everyone come together. At the annual picnic everyone's differences go out the door."
The recipes you'll see by searching the #BHMpotluck on Instagram draw inspiration from all over the world. From Southern and Caribbean, to Kenyan and Creole, the bloggers who participated have shown their diverse cultures through their delicious food. There's gluten-free and vegetarian options, too.
If you want to join the virtual potluck — maybe you made one of the recipes, for example — make sure to use the #BHMpotluck tag on Instagram to show it off.
Read more: Celebrate Black History Month with This Virtual Potluck from Tasting Table