Good Vibes & Good Eats – BWB Cooking & Exploring Foods Club

Aug 8, 2022

Boston While Black offers a wide variety of clubs and interest groups in which our members participate. From the Investment club to the Plants and Gardening club, members are all but guaranteed to find at least one space to learn something new, make a friend, and oftentimes both! Our mission at BWB is to shape a city where Black people want to live and work, and that means filling the gaps between work and play – like hobbies, personal networking, etc. And that’s exactly what the BWB Cooking and Exploring Foods member-led club is for. 

With over 120 members and counting, the Cooking and Exploring Foods club is a BWB community staple. Members try new restaurants together, share recipes, go to local foodie events, and earlier this year they hosted a cooking class for the entire community. We all got together virtually to cook a traditional Haitian dish while listening to Kompa. It was a blast!

The Unwind Meals From Mothers Land Cooking and Exploring Foods Club

BWB Member Johnice Veals was one of the first co-leaders of the club. She is a Boston transplant who has lived in the city for more than 14 years, and works in the hospitality industry as an Events Manager at Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

When asked about what restaurants she has enjoyed with the Exploring Foods Club, she mentioned Comfort Kitchen. She said “Comfort Kitchen was one of my favorite restaurants [that] we tried. I got a few of our club members together to attend their pop up in JP. The food was amazing. I can’t wait for their permanent restaurant to open in Dorchester!” 

Boston while black foodies at Brassica Kitchen in Jamaica plain

Break The Ice While Breaking Bread

The virtual community platform is full of new restaurants to try. Whether you want to join the group and meet with fellow members or just looking for ideas for date night, this club is for you. It’s also one of the best spaces to stay abreast of new Black owned eateries in Boston and foodie news in general. This type of exposure allows the members to try new foods and support small and Black-owned businesses in the greater Boston area! If you become a member today you could join the August Restaurant week outing to Venezia.

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Tchad Cort is another Boston While Black member who is a part of this club. She is also the Interim Community and Events Manager for Boston While Black. When asked what made her want to join the Cooking and Exploring Foods Club, she said “I love food and trying new restaurants. I want us to do another brunch – that is one of my favorite things to do!” 

We asked Tchad what she enjoys about being in the club most, she said “I love meeting new members in person while breaking bread.” Cort feels that this club does a great job of reinforcing the importance of community. She said “Eating together definitely fosters community. As you’re sharing food you get comfortable. The walls come down, and you end up sharing information about yourselves.”

Boston Black Foodies at High street place food hall

Cooking Up Connections

The Cooking and Exploring Foods Club solidifies member’s connections and their sense of community. Members get to know each other better but also get exposed to the different cultures and cuisines available in Boston that they might not otherwise have experienced. All members are welcome and encouraged to join the club. 

If you’re a Black foodie this is the space for you. To become a BWB member and join this or any of our other clubs, complete your member request form and keep an eye on your email and social inboxes for your activation link. From 8/8 – 8/28 we are accepting new members! Find your tribe. Grow your network. Navigate the city. Have fun.