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Chef Zu and Duron Chavis bring Richmond “Living Color Racial Equity Dinner” which includes Dinner, Dialogue, Panel Discussion and Tool Kits

About this Event

Join Chef Zu & Duron Chavis in bringing people of diverse backgrounds together over dinner to talk about racial equity in the food and farming space.

The Living Color Racial Equity Dialogue Dinner focuses on creating a safe space for sharing innovative and creative ideas around how farmers, food workers, chefs, restaurants, local food initiatives and food & farming non-profits can best deal with racial inequities in the workspace.

CHEF ZU has partnered with DURON CHAVIS who will moderate andSTUDIO TWO THREE for our “safe space.” We will collectively share ideas based around a set of questions on what Racial Equity is, how it works and why we should all become more involved with advocacy. All guests will leave with a “Racial Equity Tool Kits” to take back into their workspaces and food communities.

The Living Color Dialogue Dinner will feature a sustainable Farm-to-Table style 5-course vegan dinner prepared by CHEF ZU of KINGS APRON.

This Dinner uses Equitable Ticket Pricing, reflecting wage inequality. Ticket Prices reflect the 2018 gender, race, & ethnicity wage gap as reported by the Institute for Women Policy Research and USDL Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can find the IWPR study HERE. Wages for Farmer & Food Workers are reported by BLS HERE.

*Sponsors include: TBA

Thanks to our Partners DURON CHAVIS and STUDIO TWO THREE.


Duron Chavis started his career in community advocacy as first a volunteer then an employee of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of VA. While there founded the highly acclaimed Happily Natural Day festival as a grassroots effort to supplement the summer jazz concert that was held annually at the institution. The festival is a weekend long experience that focuses on cultural awareness, health, wellness and social change.

Presently Chavis is engaged in coordinating innovative and dynamic initiatives around the topics of urban agriculture and local food systems in a culturally relevant way. In 2009 Chavis launched the Richmond Noir Market, a Saturday farmer’s market targeting low-income communities located in what the USDA has designated as food deserts in Richmond Virginia. 2012 marked the development his first community garden; which subsequently led to the development of urban farms, urban orchards, urban vineyards and work in poverty mitigation, workforce development, health and racial equity.

Chavis has received numerable accolades for his work. He served in 2011 as a Clean Air Ambassador on behalf of Earthjustice and the Hip Hop Caucus. He is an alumni of Leadership Metro Richmond class of 2011, received Style Weekly’s Top 40 under 40 award in 2010, and the Style Weekly Power List in 2014 & 2015. Chavis served as the inaugural director of the Harding Street Urban Ag Center; a recreation center repurposed into an indoor farm by VSU. Currently Chavis serves as Community Engagement Coordinator for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.


In autumn of 2017 CHEF ZU OF KINGS APRON launched his Mtume’ Green: 5 Course Vegan Dinner Series in celebration of successfully obtaining his certification in holistic nutrition. Over the past 18 months Chef Zu has facilitated healthy food programming Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Morehouse School of Medicine, Truly Living Well Center for Urban Agriculture, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Food Well Alliance, Atlanta Fulton County Library Systems, Georgia Organics, City of Atlanta Department of Constituent Services, Georgia Food Oasis, Georgia House of Covenant, Fulton County Commissioner District 5 and many more local Atlanta non-profits and community initiatives. Chef Zu has also catered and successfully completed recipe development for The Humane Society, Georgia Conservancy, Peach Dish, Jim Adams Farm & Table as well as Karbon Star Vitality.

In 2019 Chef Zu graduated from the Center of Civic Innovation “Food Fellowship Program” and has since been considered as one of Atlanta most innovative food workers who ties culture and equity into the process of offering his community nutrient dense plant based food.

Moving forward as we approach 2020, Chef Zu is focusing on finalizing finishing touches to his plant based cookbook and is currently organizing his “Living Color Racial Equity Dialogue Dinner” alongside his flagship dinner entitled “Mtume Green.” The word Mtume’ comes from the Swahili language and translates as the “bringer or messenger.” As a sustainable plant based artist, Chef Zu prepares each dinner around different cultural themes such as the Caribbean or various regions of Africa (Mozambique, Egypt, Capetown, Morocco & The Coclimate strategy for Richmond City Public Schools.Ram is the co-founder of Drums No Guns Foundation and the visionary behind the Richmond Youth Peace Project. He was previously board president of The Conciliation Project, which uses active and challenging dramatic works to promote open and honest dialogue about race and oppression in America in order to repair its damaging legacy. Ram is also a certified yoga teacher. He is currently developing a program called Massive Resilience: Transforming Historical Harms in Schools and Communities, which integrates arts based, trauma sensitive, mindfulness based, restorative practices in racially and economically segregated schools. Dr. Bhagat resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, children, and grandchildren.



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