50 Top Names in Black Food
Michael Russell, CEO of Concessions International, is building on the legacy of father Herman Russell with concessions for close to 100 restaurants in Atlanta, Denver and Detroit airports, plus the Virgin Islands. They've also continued the Paschal's tradition.
Nathaniel R. Goldston, Chairman of Gourmet Services, also in Atlanta, also has an airport presence along with company cafeterias and school food services for 200,000 grade schoolers and 40,000 college students.
Dr. Nobantu Ankoanda, founder of the Collard Greens Cultural Festival, began in East Palo Alto in 1998 and has spread to Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia with the tribute to black food.
Hussein Warmack, CEO of Universal Beverage, took command of the flavored lemonade category, propelling his brands into 20,000 retail outlets nationally.
Ralph Paige, Executive Director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, has led the revival of black agriculture, pointing out the loss of 10 million acres of farmland and supporting the Pigford litigation through farmer outreach.
Len Parks, Chairman of Home-Style Foods in Stockbridge, GA, brought the recipes of the former Parks Sausage back into the market, providing a range of pork, chicken and turkey products to households nationally.
Gladys Knight and Ron Winans set a standard for translating celebrity into restaurant success with their two Chicken and Waffles outlets in the Atlanta area.
Lloyd Price is another celebrity food success with Lawdy Miss Clawdy cereals, cookies and energy bars. He embeds the packaging with black history profiles.
John "Big Daddy" Bishop has expanded his Dreamland BBQ restaurants across the South because of the celebrities who swear by his menu.
Leah Chase has shown that good food can overcome even a hurricane by remaining as a magnet for New Orleans' black community with Dooky Chase restaurant.