Mashama Bailey + John O. Morisano: Black, White, and The Grey

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 8:00pm

Barrett Bookstore will welcome Chef Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano for an intimate virtual conversation about food, entrepreneurship, race, gender, and class. This is a discussion you absolutely *do not* want to miss. 

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We're thrilled to partner with the following individuals and businesses to bring you this event: Lorca Coffee Bar, Avellino Family Barbecue, CT Bites, Hey Stamford!, Flour Water Salt Bread, Dorie Greenspan, Sipsters, and the Women's Business Development Council. 

About Black, White, and The Grey

A story about the trials and triumphs of a Black chef from Queens, New York, and a White media entrepreneur from Staten Island who built a relationship and a restaurant in the Deep South, hoping to bridge biases and get people talking about race, gender, class, and culture.
 
Black, White, and The Grey blew me away.”—David Chang 

In this dual memoir, Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano take turns telling how they went from tentative business partners to dear friends while turning a dilapidated formerly segregated Greyhound bus station into The Grey, now one of the most celebrated restaurants in the country. Recounting the trying process of building their restaurant business, they examine their most painful and joyous times, revealing how they came to understand their differences, recognize their biases, and continuously challenge themselves and each other to be better. 
  
Through it all, Bailey and Morisano display the uncommon vulnerability, humor, and humanity that anchor their relationship, showing how two citizens commit to playing their own small part in advancing equality against a backdrop of racism.

About Mashama Bailey and John O,. Morisano

Bonded by a common viewpoint on what makes for delicious food, Johno Morisano and Chef Mashama Bailey partnered to build The Grey in Historic Downtown Savannah. Occupying a 1938 art deco Greyhound Bus Terminal that they painstakingly restored to its original luster, The Grey offers a food, wine and service experience that is simultaneously familiar and elevated. Bringing her personal take on Port City Southern food to a city of her youth allows Mashama to tap into all of her experiences to create dishes that are deep, layered, and soulful in their flavors. With a penchant for regional produce, seafood and meats, guests will find a melting pot of surprising and comforting tastes in all of Mashama’s cooking with something new revealed in each and every visit. A focus on European wines, Atlantic Trade liquors, and warm, old-world hospitality are the additional elements necessary to provide a complete experience for guests. The Grey continues the building’s long tradition of transporting people to a destination, but that destination is now one of elevated hospitality and intrinsic satisfaction.

Black, White, and The Grey: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship and a Beloved Restaurant Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984856203
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (PLEASE CALL TO CONFIRM BEFORE COMING TO STORE)
Published: Lorena Jones Books - January 12th, 2021

Event address: 
Darien, CT 06820-4127