Presented by Lokelani Alabanza with Rhonda Cammon and Keshia Hay

Join us for a sweet and savory culinary experience inspired by Black Joy, in Spite of . . . and African American food, history, art, and photography. Delight your tastebuds with a five-course ice cream tasting, savory bites, frozen confections, and cocktail pairings presented by Lokelani Alabanza (Saturated Ice Cream) with Rhonda Cammon (Perfectly Cordial) and Keshia Hay (Bōtanique).  

About Lokelani Alabanza

Lokelani Alabanza’s professional culinary journey started in the United States, at the New England Culinary Institute. From there, her love of food has taken her around the world. From her first kitchen job in Denmark to her time working as a private chef in Japan, her travels have expanded her palate and refined her ability to create incredible food. 

It was in Los Angeles, under the tutelage of renowned pastry chef Elizabeth Belkind, that Alabanza’s passion for pastry cooking was ignited. There, she worked with Dahlia Narvaez and Nancy Silverton at the now-shuttered James Beard award–winning restaurant Campanile, before landing in Nashville, as culinary director for a local creamery. Alabanza’s time there grew both her passion for ice cream and her love of integrating nostalgia into her cooking. Today, she creates beautiful flavors that spur the imagination while educating consumers about African American culinary history. She has been featured in Bon AppetitMilk Street RadioWirecutter, the Malin Journal, Food52, NPR, Oxford American, the Tennessean, the Sewanee Review, and CherryBombe Magazine

Lokelani is excited to share her view of the world through Saturated, her own brand of plant-based ice cream. She is currently writing her first cookbook. 

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