The Red Rooster Overtown is celebrating Black History Month through their menu this year. Every week throughout February, a new special will be added to the menu which explores the cooking, cuisine and traditions from West Africa, Central Africa, The Caribbean, New Orleans and the South Carolina/Georgia low country.
From February 1 through 6 the menu explores African flavors with Grilled West African Prawns and Suya Grilled Lamb Ribs. From February 7 through 13 the menu features Caribbean influences with Curry Potato Croquette and Shark and Bake. From February 14 through 20 the menu touches on Cajun/Creole flavors with BBQ Prawns and Red Peas and Rice. The last week of specials explores Low Country with Charleston Red Rice, Sausage and Dry Aged Pork Chop.
We had the chance to catch up with Red Rooster Overtown Executive Chef, Tristen Epps to learn more about this special and the meaning behind it.
I love the unique take you guys are doing to celebrating Black History Month, how did the idea come about?
Not many restaurants really dedicate themselves to celebrating of Black History Month, especially not with cuisine. It was our goal to find a way to creatively and authentically pay homage to Black History Month, and we’re really proud of what we have created. By exploring the culinary diaspora created through the forced migration of Africans to the Americas with these specials, we hope our guests will walk away with a greater appreciation for the culinary influence we all see in our everyday foods.
Is there a specific week and/or dish you are most excited about serving?
I am excited about it all, but, creating some of the more modern African dishes are fun because they are unfamiliar at first glance.
What is the significance of each dish offered each week?
The dishes offered each week represent the black diaspora. Each week we focus on different areas in order to showcase the influence of the black diaspora in foods that we commonly eat today.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
It means that I get the ability to really focus on a history that is undersold. I am grateful to be able to take the time to really help others understand the journey and rich history while being able to affect the future by putting an emphasis on our culture in the Overtown community.