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Special Event: Evolution of Freedom: The Influence of African Culture on Modern Cuisine–Virtual Event

February 18, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Evolution of Freedom - The Food

Join us on February 18, 2022 at 6 pm for this free virtual discussion as we kick off our second season of Evolution of Freedom, The Food with the Underground Kitchen (UGK) of Richmond, VA.  UGK’s Culinary Director, Chef Eric Smith will prepare three of his favorite dishes live as we dive into conversation about his influences to cooking and we’ll explore how he expresses himself and the ideas of freedom in the dishes he prepares.  Virtual attendees at this special event will have a chance to ask questions and chat with Chef Eric.

About Chef Eric Smith

Chef Smith, a.k.a. “Edot Da Chef,” is an innovative private chef who consistently delivers an unparalleled dining experience.  Hailing from Sumter, South Carolina, Chef Eric earned his degree in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu Atlanta after a short career in the U.S. Air Force.

Chef Eric has created fare in various kitchens from private country clubs to five-star luxury hotels.  His passion for creative freedom led him to create The Black Plate Private Dining Experience, which will undoubtedly solidify his place in the world of Culinary Arts and propel him further toward his goal of global notability and respect.

About The Underground Kitchen

The mission of The Underground Kitchen is to bring people together through a shared experience of fine dining, community and a sense of occasion. From the secret location to the undisclosed menu, it’s all about surprise, delight and the art of the meal.

To sign up for this very special event, register here.

This program is supported by a grant from Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.


February 18, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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VA United States


Phyllis Terrell
(757) 251-2754