Recording available through February 2
Live Virtual Event
Black, White, and The Grey is a story about the trials and triumphs of a Black chef from Queens, New York, and a White media entrepreneur from Staten Island who built a relationship and a restaurant in the Deep South, hoping to bridge biases and get people talking about race, gender, class, and culture. In this dual memoir, Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano take turns telling how they went from tentative business partners to dear friends while turning a dilapidated, formerly segregated Greyhound bus station in Bailey’s childhood hometown of Savannah, Georgia, into The Grey, now one of the most celebrated restaurants in the country. It was named one of the World’s 100 Greatest Places by Time magazine. Recounting the trying process of building their restaurant business, they examine their most painful and joyous times, revealing how they came to understand their differences, recognize their biases, and continuously challenge themselves and each other to be better.
Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano serve on the board of the Edna Lewis Foundation, which revives, preserves, and celebrates the rich history of African American cookery in America. Among many honors, Bailey has received the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Southeast award and has appeared on Chef's Table (Season 6, Episode 1) and Top Chef.
In addition to a conversation with the authors, this event includes a cooking demonstration with Mashama Bailey and insights from DMA staff about thematically related artworks in the Museum's collection.
“Black, White, and The Grey blew me away.” —David Chang
“A story for our hearts, minds, and times.” —Danny Meyer