Thousands will gather for the 33nd annual Black Cuisine Festival on Yosemite Avenue at Third Street Saturday, March 2 for three stages of music, an art exhibition, a cooking contest and four big outdoor kitchens operated by the Dr. George Davis Bayview Multipurpose Senior Citizen Center. Featured chef for the beef brisket and chicken is longtime Bayview activist Oscar James. Here are shots from last year's celebration. National Black Business Month highlights the $6 billion African-American food service sector throughout the third annual Black Food Month in March with stories in the local editions of blackmoney.com and blackrestaurant.net and the release of the book and mobile app Say Grace and Wipe Yo' Hands: BlackRestaurant.NET's Guide to America's Black Restaurants. A new African-American Tourism Center opens in San Francisco to connect its $8 billion tourism market with African-American entrepreneurs in a comprehensive way. The city was site of one of the earliest African-American cookbooks, Mrs. Fisher's Guide to Southern Cooking, published in 1881. Historic landmark Sam Jordan's Bar opened the activities with a customer appreciation buffet Tuesday night featuring cajun cabbage, red beans and rice, smothered chicken and cornbread.
Barbecue for the masses
Oscar James of Po James Ribs N Thangs shows the brisket thousands of diners loved during Black Cuisine 2012. James, a Bayview activist since the 1960s, organized HP UNITI to restore civic pride, particularly among young people in Hunters Point.
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