Making an Edible South Part 2

(The interactive portion of Part 2 has passed, but you can register at the bottom of this page to watch recorded videos!)

About Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller is a food writer, attorney and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, CO. Adrian received an A.B. in International Relations from Stanford University in 1991, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1995. He is currently the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches and, as such, is the first African American and the first
layperson to hold that position. Miller previously served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton with his Initiative for One America—the first free-standing office in the White House to address issues of racial, religious and ethnic reconciliation. Miller also served as a senior policy
analyst for Colorado governor Bill Ritter Jr. He has also been a board member of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Miller’s first book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time won the James Beard Foundation Award for Scholarship and Reference in his second book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas was published on President’s Day, 2017. It was a finalist for a 2018 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Literary Work—Non-Fiction,” and the 2018 Colorado Book Award for History. In 2018, Adrian was awarded the Ruth Fertel “Keeper of the Flame Award” by the Southern
Foodways Alliance in recognition of his work on African American foodways. In 2019, Adrian received the Judge Henry N. and Helen T. Graven award from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, for being “an outstanding layperson whose life is nurtured and guided by a strong sense
of Christian calling and who is making a significant contribution to community, church, and our society.” In June 2019, Adrian lectured in the Masters of Gastronomy program at the Università di Scienze Gastronomiche (nicknamed “Slow Food University”) in Pollenzo, Italy. Adrian’s third
book, Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue will be published Spring 2021.
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Participants Receive Access To:

“Here in the Garden: An Edible [Black] History Tour”: a prerecorded video with Adrian Miller

Description: Join James Beard Award-winning author Adrian Miller for the ongoing launch of the Carolina Garden Trail in the Botanical Gardens at UNC Charlotte. Miller will take you on a virtual tour of the garden and highlight some plants that people of African heritage utilized in the Carolinas through different historical time periods, from Pre-European Colonization to present day. Miller will discuss how a variety of plants have been used in Southern cuisine, including African rice (Oryza glaberrima), black-eyed peas (Vigna unguiculate subsp. unguiculate), greens (Brassica oleracae var. acephala), maize (Zea mays), okra (Abelmoschus esculentus, peaches (Prunus persica), peanuts (Arachis hyopgaea), sesame (Sesamum indicum), and sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas).

Live Zoom discussion: “Conversations with the Experts/Q&A”: a virtual Zoom meeting panel discussion..


Starting on December 8th: “Here in the Garden: An Edible [Black] History Tour””Making an Edible South” will be available for viewing.

On Friday, December 11, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time a Live Panel Discussion via Zoom with Adrian Miller will occur.


$5 gives you access to the Zoom meetings and the educational videos! Gardens’ members are free, but must register.

Register at :

and you will receive a link and password to access the prerecorded video and live zoom meeting links on December 8.