February 14, 2014 | Posted in:Culinary Cues, Current Events, Social TV


A couple of weeks ago I got together with members of the James Beard Broadcasting and New Media  committee to review the submissions for the 2014 James Beard award. We spent two full days reviewing submissions and getting things ready for the judges.

Once we completed our official JBF duties, committee member Toni Tipton-Martin and I had the chance to break bread with a few foodie friends at one of Harlem’s newest restaurants, The Cecil.  It is owned by restaurateur and businessman, Alexander Smalls.  Cecil’s was the perfect place for old and new friends to gather.

In today’s Foodie Friday we feature an excerpt from Toni’s blog, TheJemimaCode.com where she captures our marvelous night.

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By Toni Tipton-Martin

Recently, I invited a dynamic group of up-and-coming food professionals to join me for dinner at Alexander Small’s sexy new restaurant, The Cecil in Harlem, and to ponder what has changed for blacks in the food industry, what hasn’t and what we can do about it. We acknowledged the sad reality that disregarding the accomplishments of black women in the industry is not new, but agreed that with new media, culinary honor may finally be possible.

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To read more about our evening, hop on over to TheJemimaCode.com.

Coming up next week: Top YouTube videos and what their meaning represents.


Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache


TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.


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