In creating Butterfunk Kitchen, we traced back my family line through seven generations to Rappahanock, Virginia. With the freedom that was granted by the Emancipation Proclamation, my ancestors journeyed north to Pennsylvania near the Amish country where the Quakers were known to have taken a stand against slavery. Despite the adversity they faced, they thrived and supported their families through hard work and determination. Some meals were meager while others were grand, but in those moments shared around a table, the life that pumped through my family's veins were the most vibrant.
Through this exploration, I've learned so much about myself, my family and heritage from understanding not only what we cooked but also why. In this place, I share stories of my ancestors and their impactful lives, through the triumphs and tragedies alike. I strive to challenge the common perception of soul food as simply fried chicken and waffles. Rather, it's the deep history that gives it "soul" and only by embracing the roots of this cuisine, can it be fully recognized and appreciated with the dignity it deserves. In the end, Butterfunk Kitchen is more than just a place to eat good food, it's where we tell a story and come together to honor our cultural heritage through the food we cook.