Thank you so much for your interest in joining us for the inaugural Soul of Seattle! Unfortunately, the event is now sold out.

About the Soul of Seattle

Two-time James Beard Award winning Chef, Edouardo Jordan is partnering with James Beard Award winning author and historian Toni Tipton-Martin and the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle to celebrate Black History Month and Urban League’s 90th Anniversary with the 1st ever Soul of Seattle!

As one of the most recognizable Chefs in Seattle, Edouardo Jordan created The Soul of Seattle to help foster relationships and empower the community with the greater Seattle Area through food. His goal is to shed light on amazing food from Seattle establishments operated by people of color. Seattle is an amazing food city in which some of the most talented chefs and curators in the country create the fabric of our food scene.

Chef Jordan is thrilled to collaborate with fellow James Beard award-winning food and nutrition journalist, Toni Tipton-Martin, who uses cultural heritage and cooking for social change. Toni focuses on building a healthier community through her books, classes, and foundation.

The Soul of Seattle will highlight, celebrate, and embrace the diversity and beauty of our community of Seattle — through food!

The event will begin with a walk through the main gallery of the Northwest African American Museum, where guests will be greeted by 10 local chefs of color showcasing their culinary talents through the food that best represents them. Additionally there will be local beverage industry folks from brewers, vineyards, distillers, and coffee folk, a silent auction, and other additional activities.

For those who choose to become VIP Dinner guests, a multi-course dinner curated by Chef Jordan and Toni Tipton-Martin will begin at 7pm (during the sampling of small bites), highlighting the bite sampling two centuries of African American ancestral food, as well as a silent auction.

Friday, February 7th 2020

6:00PM – Doors open for VIP + VIP dinner guests

7:00PM – Doors open for general admission guests | VIP dinner will begin

(General admission guests may still sample bites from presenting chefs and walk throughout the venue during this time.)

9:00PM – Event ends for general admission and VIP guests.

Northwest African American Museum (NAAM)

2300 Massachusetts St. Seattle, WA 98144

Limited parking is available in the venue parking lot. Street parking is also available.

Our Goal

We are looking to raise $200,000 to benefit organizations that empower black youth in Seattle. At the end of the event, we will offer this donation as a surprise to a very special selected organization. We need your generous support in order to bring this celebration to life. Can we count on you?

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Chef Edouardo Jordan

Edouardo Jordan was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida and attended college at the University of Florida. After graduating with dual degrees in business administration and sports management, Jordan decided to enroll in culinary school at the Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando. Following graduation from culinary school, Jordan’s ambition brought him to renowned restaurants such as The French Laundry, where he apprenticed, Per Se, and Lincoln Ristorante in New York. With thoughts of raising a family and opening a restaurant in mind, Jordan moved to Seattle where he began working at Sitka and Spruce as Sous Chef.

In 2013, Jordan was asked to open Bar Sajor as Chef de Cuisine and used this as an opportunity to learn as much as he could about opening a restaurant. Taking this knowledge and experience he had gained from Bar Sajor, Jordan officially opened the doors to his first restaurant, Salare, in June of 2015. Salare takes influences from France, Italy, the American south, and the Caribbean and has become one of Seattle’s hottest restaurants.

In April 2017, Chef Jordan opened his second restaurant, JuneBaby, which focuses on his roots and Southern Cuisine, which has received much attention both nationally and locally. Chef Jordan was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2016, and Salare was listed as a Best New Restaurant in America in 2016 by Eater National. He has been named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chef of 2016 and JuneBaby was titled Restaurant Best New Restaurant for 2018. Chef Jordan is a 2017 James Beard Award finalists, and received the prestigious 2018 James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest and Best New Restaurant for JuneBaby Restaurant. In December of 2018 he opened his third restaurant, Lucinda Grain Bar, which focuses on heirloom, ancient, and local grains.


Behind the Bites:

With the constantly changing scene of Seattle culinary and beverage industries, it can be difficult to keep up. The Soul of Seattle will feature a variety of local chefs and beverage professionals of color who will each present tastes from their background.

Aliyah Davis
Black Magic Sweets

Brian Wells

Tougo Coffee

Sabrina Tinsley

La Spiga
Donna Moodie

Dre Neely


Harold Fields


Kristi Brown

That Brown girl cooks

Matt Lewis

Where ya at matt?

Trey Lamont

Jerk Shack

Makini Howell

Plum bistro

Wayne Johnson

fare start

Rodney Hines


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105 14th Ave, Suite 200

Seattle, WA 98122