Food Salon: Where Amazing Food, Cocktails, and Conversations Intersect
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Food Salon: Where Amazing Food, Cocktails, and Conversations Intersect

Karim Lateef MBA

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Food Salon: Where Amazing Food, Cocktails, and Conversations Intersect

My professional life has been defined in part by rigorous preparation and the art of synchronicity- being in the the right place at the right cultural moment. If someone had told me years ago that I would be participating in private dinner parties curated and hosted by the legendary Roots drummer, Tonight Show musical director, producer, author and dinner-host Questlove, it would have been hard to believe. Even while attending business school in Philly, and serving on the board of Black Lily alongside the late legendary Roots manager Rich Nichols and JazzyFatnastees, these present day cultural moments a la dinner parties seemed a bit distant to me. Fast forward, I am once again in company of one of my favorite musical icons in a different capacity supporting his passion project “Food Salon” now as the Lifestyle Manager of Martell Cognac. Funny how universe works..

Food Salon, created by Questlove is a cultural moment- an impeccable evening of food appreciation, good conversation among a mix of eclectic friends handpicked to enjoy a meal by some of the world’s greatest Chefs and craft cocktails made with Martell cognac in his NYC apartment. The Martell cocktails were deliciously crafted by Mixologist Natasha David, with the exception of the The Service Bar’s participation at the Washington DC salon. Some of the guests in attendance at Food Salons include the likes of Zoe Kravitz, The Chew’s Carla Hall, ATCQ emcee Jarobi White, film producer Ava Duvernay, NYC Instagram wonder twins TK Wonder and Cipriana, singer-songwriter David Byrne, famed artist Carrie Mae Weems, artist Kehinde Wiley, CNN show W.Kamau Bell, and the Daily Show Host Trevor Noah. Every Food Salon has a vibe and personality of its own and pushes the intersection of gastronomy, culture, and branding forward without sacrificing an ounce of authenticity.

Written by Karim Lateef, 2017

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