Minnesota Soul: A state with a sparse history of black-owned restaurants looks toward a bountiful future

It isn’t an accident that “Minnesota” and “soul food” are not exactly bedfellows.  Unlike other major northern cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul did not see a significant migration of African-Americans between the first and second World Wars. By the 1940 census, there were just 4,646 black people living in Minneapolis, and about as many in … [ Read more]

Why So White?

Where is the black leadership in the Twin Cities food and beverage industry? Lachelle Cunningham’s Facebook profile reads like this: “Black Goddess/Mother/Extremely Driven/Visionary/Entrepreneur/Executive/Chef.” For nearly three years, she’s been the executive chef at Breaking Bread, the North Minneapolis global comfort food–forward cafe founded by Appetite for Change (AFC), a nonprofit with a mission to create social … [ Read more]