Join Ghetto Gastro for an evening celebrating the launch of their book, Black Power Kitchen (2022), at Kulture.
Black Power Kitchen is the first cookbook by Ghetto Gastro, a culinary collective that uses food as a platform to spark conversation about larger issues surrounding inclusion, race, access, and how food—and knowing how to cook—provides freedom and power. In addition to recipes, Black Power Kitchen includes images of work by artists Garrett Bradley, Theaster Gates, Barkley L. Hendricks, and Kerry James Marshall. The book also includes work by Harlem-based artist Ming Smith, whose work will be presented in CAMH’s forthcoming exhibition, Ming Smith: Feeling the Future, in 2023.
Join the group for a celebration of the book launch and a panel discussion with Ghetto Gastro members Jon Gray, Pierre Serrao, and Lester Walker. The discussion, moderated by Joseph Boudreaux, will center on Black culinary traditions and food and art as tools for resistance.
This event is a collaboration between Black Chef Table, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), Ghetto Gastro, and Kindred Stories.
Ghetto Gastro’s Black Power Kitchen Book Tour is powered by Discord.
6PM | Book signing and Happy Hour with drinks available for purchase through Black Chef Table and music by DJ Womon
7PM | Panel discussion with Ghetto Gastro members Jon Gray, Pierre Serrao, and Lester Walker moderated by Joseph Boudreaux
8PM | Event continues with music by DJ Womon and light bites provided by Black Chef Table
Tickets are $50 and required to attend this event. Each ticket includes a signed copy of Black Power Kitchen and complementary food. Additional books, other Ghetto Gastro merchandise, and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the event.
Location and Parking Information
701 Avenida De Las Americas Suite A
Houston, Texas 77010
This event will take place at Kulture, located on the ground floor of Avenida’s Partnership Tower.
Please park in the GRB Avenida North Garage located directly behind the restaurant. Kulture will validate guest parking for 2 hours. Please give your ticket to your server or the hostess for validation. Parking rates are $7/hr beyond two hours.
About Black Power Kitchen (2022)
“Described as Joy of Cooking meets The Bible, Ghetto Gastro’s Black Power Kitchen is like nothing you’ve ever read before” (The Financial Times).
Part cookbook, part manifesto, Black Power Kitchen combines 75 flavor-focused, mostly plant-based recipes with immersive storytelling, diverse voices, and striking images that celebrate Black food and Black culture to inspire conversations about race, history, food inequality, and how eating well can be a pathway to personal freedom and self-empowerment. Written with James Beard Award-winning writer Osayi Endolyn, Black Power Kitchen does what Ghetto Gastro has been doing for the food world: disrupt, expand, reinvent, and stamp it with their unique point of view.
About Ghetto Gastro
Ghetto Gastro is the Bronx-born culinary collective formed by Jon Gray, Pierre Serrao, and Lester Walker. The group has notably defined its own lane by merging food, fashion, music, art, and design. Claiming both the beauty and grit from the streets with the aspiration and aesthetics of the finer things, Ghetto Gastro’s interdisciplinary approach celebrates the Bronx as a driver of global culture. The group blends influences from the African diaspora, Global South, and hip hop to create offerings that address race, identity, and economic empowerment.
About the Authors and Panelists
Jon Gray is Co-Founder of Ghetto Gastro hailing from the Bronx’s Co-Op City. He aims to shift social narratives by celebrating the culinary, blending a background in fashion to create immersive experiences, product design, and unique storytelling.
Pierre Serrao is Chef and Co-Founder of Ghetto Gastro. Serrao uses food as both an expression of culture-driven creativity and a tool to create health sovereignty. Fueled by international travel, enthusiasm for learning, and sheer curiosity, Serrao continues to explore ways to bridge the global pantry with creative entrepreneurship.
Lester Walker is Chef and Co-Founder of Ghetto Gastro. Walker brings unrelenting imagination, competition-ready technique, and skill at layering flavors to Ghetto Gastro’s iconic events, offerings, and storytelling.
Osayi Endolyn is a James Beard Award-winning writer and storyteller on food culture. A consultant, producer, and cultural commentator, her approach explores the nexus of food and identity. Her work is featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Time, Eater, Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Wall Street Journal, and Oxford American.
Joseph Boudreaux is a native Houstonian, co-owner of The Tipping Point Coffee, and owner of Boo’s Burgers. Through food and beverage, Joseph believes community and connections—two passions of his—are made. His businesses have been a vehicle to build upon those ideals. He hopes to remain on that path by continuing to offer his interpretation of food and hospitality inspired by Houston’s rich culture. When Joseph isn’t working, he is making memories with his family and friends, visiting local shops, and exploring ideas.
About DJ Womon
Mo Nikole, known under the performative name Womon, is a Houston-based sound practitioner focused on creating safe spaces to heal, connect, and discover through curated sound experiences, archival study and text. She wields the many landscapes of sound to encourage honest activations, boundless connectivity, and limitless exploration. Her work centers the intimacy between sound, emotion and the stories that follow.
About Kindred Stories
Kindred Stories is a bookstore that aims to amplify Black voices and bring diverse stories from the African diaspora to its local community in Houston, Texas. Located in Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood, Kindred Stories provides a space for kids and adults to explore the wide-open world of literary content and creative works fashioned by Black and Brown hands.
About Black Chef Table
Black Chef Table is a dining concept that provides a national platform highlighting African American chefs from Texas. It supports the diverse culinary landscape, the vast spirit, wine, beer makers, and Black-owned food purveyors by providing a space to cultivate, incubate and promote talent.