The Juneteenth Lunch Hour

Where: Conflict Kitchen

When: Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 12 noon

Please join us for lunch and an informal discussion about the history of Juneteenth and the conflict between the U.S. and Black America. 

Juneteenth is a celebration of the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865  and enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation by the United States government.  This year marks the 150th anniversary of the festival.  Conflict Kitchen will be serving a menu June 19 and 20 created and cooked by seven Pittsburgh African-American and black culinary artists.

Special guests include:

  • Cheyanne Bronzell was born in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, grew up in Garfield, and is chef / owner of PhatGirlzaCookin LLC. Her dream and goal is to transform her home-based catering business into a food truck which would service the homeless and hungry.  Some of her earliest culinary successes were mastering Italian gravy at age eleven and cooking an entire Thanksgiving dinner at sixteen. Ms. Bronzell is a wife, mother, and grandmother and hopes to enter popular television cooking contests such as Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef to wow Master Gordon Ramsey with her skills.
  • Malik Hamilton is a father of four. Born in Wilmington, North Carolina, and raised in Casper, Wyoming, he and his family recently moved to Pittsburgh where he is a graduate student in the Food Studies program at Chatham University. His course of study focuses on food policy and access, as well as cultural representations of food. Mr. Hamilton has a twenty-year culinary background and, once he has completed his Master’s degree, hopes to continue his educational studies in public policy and sociology.



Above image: Women ride in a Juneteenth parade in Houston in 1900

Header image: Organizers of Juneteenth at Wheeler’s Grove, 1900