Friday, December 1, 2017

Local moms vie for title of 'Cast Iron Queen of Detroit' in new soul food cooking competition

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 3:01 PM

In August, Detroit's first-ever Black Restaurant Week took place, featuring 13 restaurants owned by black residents of the metro area.
Now, the successful event has spawned a new concept: A soul food cooking competition that has moms teaming up with their adult children in order to be crowned the "Cast Iron Queen of Detroit."

The event, playfully titled Put Ya' Mama Where Ya' Mouth Is, will have the moms mixing up their favorite comfort meals while their adult-children take care of the plating and table presentation, according to a press release.

Kwaku Osei-Bonsu and Lauren Bates, the duo that organized Black Restaurant Week, say the event is a way for kids to celebrate those nostalgia-inducing meals their moms are famous for.

"There is a certain nostalgia for some, and an excitement for most, surrounding mom’s cooking. I, along with many others, have always felt that my mother’s cooking was not only amazing, but the best!" Osei-Bonsu said in a press release. "It’s time to provide some receipts!"

Six teams will go head-to-head on Friday, Dec. 15 starting at 7 p.m. Attendees will get to sample all six meals and will also get to nosh on a main course from Savannah Blue. The competition will be open for those 21 and older only, probably because there will be an open bar — a major plus at any event.

The winner will be crowned after the conclusion of the competition and will walk out with a $500 grand prize.

Osei-Bonsu and Bates are still looking for teams to compete. For rules and more information, click here.

The event will take place at 2501 Russell St., Detroit, on the third floor. Early bird VIP tickets are $45 and include a chance to sample each of the dishes, plus dinner from Savannah Blue, and access to the open bar. General admission includes all that, except the open bar.

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