A Epicurean Dinner Experience

Celebration of Black Culture

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19th june,2018

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A curated Culinary Experience, celebrating the progressive journey of

Black Excellence.  This dinner experience will showcase some of the best talent in food, art and entertainment, housed in one of the most creative spaces in Washington DC.


Dinner1865 is the brainchild of South East Restaurant Group and Reid Rodell, LLC.

These powerhouses joined forces to fill the void of the experiential dining experience for the Culture!  Dinner1865 is set on the historic date of June 19, affectionately known as Juneteenth, to show homage to the continual growth of our community.




Best known as co-host on ABC’s Emmy award-winning, popular lifestyle series “The Chew,” Carla Hall has won over audiences with her southern charm and warm manner. She believes food connects us all, and she strives to communicate this through her work, her cooking, and in her daily interactions with others.


A graduate of Howard University's Business School Carla worked as an accountant for two years – before switching gears to work as a runway model. As she traveled (and ate) her way through Europe for a few years, she realized her deep-rooted passion for food could be her career path. Today, she is a classically-trained chef who has worked in several professional restaurant kitchens and is an accomplished television personality and author.


Her latest cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration (Harper Wave) will be released on October 23, 2018.  


Carla is active with a number of charities and not-for-profit organizations that reflect her passion for causes close to her heart. She is also the Culinary Ambassador for Sweet Home Cafe at the Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.


Carla lives in D.C. with her husband, Matthew Lyons.



First female to perform hip hop in the White House and first African American female to serve as the President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy Organization): these are just the first of many firsts.  Lyricist, inspirational speaker, dj, pioneer, icon, veteran and entrepreneur describe one of the most prolific and well-respected female Hip Hop artists of all time: MC Lyte.  She has consistently found ways to reinvent herself musically, while expanding her resume and gaining new fans. A current member of the Board of Trustees of Dillard University and reared in Brooklyn, New York, MC Lyte always has her finger on Hip Hop’s pulse. Many are familiar with her stellar music making skills, but over the course of her extensive career, MC Lyte has ventured out to other avenues that have allowed her to show the world just how talented she truly is.

A pioneer in the industry, she opened the door for future female Hip Hop artists by daring to do what had never been done while doing something she loved. MC Lyte is the FIRST rap artist ever to perform at New York’s historic Carnegie Hall, the FIRST female rapper to ever receive a gold single, the FIRST female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy and in 2006, MC Lyte became the FIRST solo female rapper to be honored/inducted on VH-1’s HIP HOP HONORS.

A role model to women and respected by men everywhere, MC Lyte never compromises who she is and consistently displays that a woman can turn heads fully clothed! Whenever possible, MC Lyte enjoys traveling across the nation to use her expertise and story of success to motivate others to take ownership of the world around them while striving to be the best they can possibly be.  Author of “UNSTOPPABLE:  Igniting the Power Within to Achieve Your Greatest Potential,” MC Lyte provides keynote addresses at educational institutions, community centers and corporations around the globe and has also been active in many social projects, including anti-violence campaigns, HIV / AIDs prevention, and Rock the Vote.  MC Lyte is also the author of “Living in the Lyte: Lessons in Life, Love and Truth” and “Fusion: Bridging the Gap between the Civil Rights Movement and Hip Hop,” a book she co-authored with Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.



Roblé Ali has provided his services to some of today’s most notable individuals including former U.S. President Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Legend, Jack Nicholson, Michael Jackson, Vanessa Williams, the Olsen Twins and Rihanna. Roblé began working in his first professional kitchen at 15, after apprenticing with his grandfather chef Jesse Harris, Sr. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, who moved his talent to Brooklyn, where he worked in top restaurant kitchens and for catering firms throughout the greater NYC-area. Roblé has worked for some of the most elite names in food such as Abigail Kirsch catering and restaurateur Chef Chris Santos. Realizing it was time to go out on his own; Roblé launched his catering business, Roblé & Co. With his unique team of talented chefs and event producers, Roblé creates captivating, one of a kind dining experiences for high-end clientele across the country and around the world. Ali’s entrepreneurial endeavors include the launch of a signature fragrance, “Clique by Roblé,” a book, an apparel line, and plans for a restaurant. Roblé is currently the traveling food correspondent for ABC’s “The Chew." He currently resides in Brooklyn, where you find him biking around the neighborhood and checking out the local food scene.


Born in the Bronx and trained in classical French cuisine at the Culinary Institute of America, Kwame Onwuachi is the Executive Chef and Creator of Afro-Caribbean cuisine hot-spot, Kith and Kin in Washington, D.C.


His interest in food was sparked by his mother who operated a catering company while he was growing up. At age 20, Kwame started his own catering company before working in highly regarded restaurants including New York's Eleven Madison Park and Per Se. He has traveled the world learning different types of cuisines and cultures. His philosophy on cooking can best be defined as telling a story through food. Kwame competed on 

Top Chef Season 13 in California.


Chef Christopher Roberson’s energy and passion in a kitchen are undeniable. Over his tenure at Washington, DC restaurants, beginning with Vidalia, he worked tirelessly on his senses of focus, intent and professionalism. And everyday he continues to refine his ability, technique and knowledge in the culinary world.

Under the leadership of Chef and Owner Jeffrey Buben, it was there Christopher learned the concepts of intent and focus understanding the professional nature of the business, beyond the basic cooking technique.  Over the years he found himself exposed to the cuisines of multiple cultures, to currently include Etete/1942.


Pastry Chef Jean-Rony Fougère was five years old when his cousin Jesse in Haiti first introduced him to the world of pastry in 1983. Three years later, left his birthplace and moved to Brooklyn. By age thirteen, Fougère had already completed his first cake decorating class.  Honing his craft while catering various fundraisers and events he was offered an internship at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NYC.  Following graduation, he joined Aquavit followed by traveling to Lyon France as a member of US Pastry Team.  After placing third, Fougère moved on to NYC & DC where he helmed pastry departments in several high profile restaurants.  Currently, Fougère is the Pastry Chef at Jack The Horse Tavern, NYC.

Jun 19, 2018, 6:30 PM
Blind Whino SW Arts Club,
700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA


  • Cocktail hour with passed appetizers

  • Plated five-course dinner prepared by 4 celebrity chefs with wine pairings 

  • DJ & dancing after dinner

  • Swag Bag 

  • Valet Parking - $10 per car (purchased ahead of time)


  • An exclusive one-hour VIP reception to include:

  • Top shelf champagne

  • Exclusive appetizers

  • Meet & greet with the chefs 

  • Meet & greet with other invited celebrity chefs

  • VIP Swag Bag

  • Special on stage seating for dinner

  • Plated five-course dinner prepared by 4 celebrity chefs with wine pairings 

  • Photo-op with DJ talent

  • DJ & dancing after dinner

  • Valet Parking included

  • All items listed under General Ticket pricing