Yoshi Jenkins Skillet Shrimp

Chef Rashad Frazier of Yoshi Jenkins shares his skillet shrimp recipe and moments of food and fellowship.

AphroChic Magazine: Inside Issue No. 1

Welcome to the inaugural issue of AphroChic Magazine. Four years ago we had the honor of being asked to speak at Harvard’s first Black in Design Conference. It was an amazing event gathering hundreds of Black architects, designers, students, professionals and enthusiasts from all over the country.

Recipe: A Fried Chicken Sandwich with Heat

Chef Rashad Frazier takes us on a culinary journey with his new food concept, Yoshi Jenkins, a fusion of African American and Japanese flavors. His fried chicken sandwich is an elevated take on the dish, featuring a watermelon hot sauce that is inspired by summertime. 

Plating: The Beauty of Enkee Ceramics

Enkee Ceramics is dedicated to making handcrafted pottery that makes each and every meal feel like something magical.

Winter’s End: Pork Belly Confit

A pork belly confit recipe perfect for the end of the winter season.

Chef Rashad Frazier’s Buttermilk Biscuits

Chef Rashad Frazier knows a thing or two about southern cooking, creating rich, sophisticated food like his buttermilk biscuits, rooted in the soulful traditions of the African American kitchen.

A Rooftop Soirée

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A rooftop party is quintessentially New York. Gathering with friends overlooking the city’s view of skyscrapers, apartments sitting atop each other like pieces in a Tetris game, and public and street art as far as the eye can see, those moments on the roof are a celebration of all the city has to offer. We take you inside our rooftop party celebrating our squad of New York women who inspire.

Chelsea is known for art and the amazing architecture of the High Line. It’s also home to some of the most beautiful views of New York. Standing upon any rooftop and you can see the beauty of the city’s architecture all aglow in the evening light. It’s here where we decided to throw an intimate soirée with the women from our She’s So AphroChic campaign.

On a warm New York evening, the rooftop was decorated with a colorful array of AphroChic pieces. White sofas were filled with cushions in shades of fuchsia, deep blue, black and white. Baskets handmade in Rwanda became the perfect catchall for pieces like napkins and flatware. On the table, guests were treated to charcuterie, local fresh fruits and wine, and lots of good conversation. The smell of lavender wafted through the air, freshly planted on the rooftop deck.

As Beyonce’s Formation played in the background, guests talked about their creative paths, their little ones, and most importantly about the beauty of Black women gathering together. And how special it was to have a gathering of these women in particular, many who have broken the mold in their industry – a magazine editor, fashion designer, costume designer, model, floral designer, DIYer and author.

It was a night showcasing some serious Black Girl Magic. Just another evening surrounded by some of the most talented people you know in the city that never sleeps.

Guest List
Derica Cole Washington
Emily Howard Kudva
Maiysha
Krystle De Santos
Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson
Nana Yaa Asare-Boadu
Courtney Arrington Baldwin

Photographer Chinasa Cooper
Videographer Drew Wesley
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A Cultural Lens On Floral Design

Kathleen Hyppolite of Kat Flower and Emily Howard of Phileanor know floral design. The two women, who have recently partnered to form, The Floral Salon, are among Brooklyn’s top floral designers. Creating naturally whimsical arrangements, they are part of a new generation of floral designers informed by today’s cultural aesthetic. Never too fussy, their designs are inspired by the maker movement that can be seen throughout the borough, with a focus on the organic, the artisan and the handmade.”The work I do with flowers tends to be gestural, but not too wild, complex, but not busy, and feminine without being prissy,” says Emily. “My arrangements imbue their settings with a sophisticated, grown-up whimsy that I think a lot of clients are looking for these days.”

In a recent shoot that we produced for ELLEDECOR.com, the two shared their point of view on new floral design trends for 2016. Their arrangements nestled among beautiful tabletop displays with vintage china at You & Yours Fine Vintage in Greenpoint, the designers shared how today’s cultural aesthetics are resulting in more relaxed arrangements where the simple shapes and movement of the flowers shine. “I try to use the same approach with flowers as I would food,” remarks Kathleen. “Using fresh, seasonal elements to create a thoughtful and natural design that captures each bloom’s charm, grace, uniqueness and beauty. My style is textural, personal, with notes of romance and whimsy.”

From the bold tropical arrangement created by Kathleen, to the soft and disparate color palette that can be seen in Emily’s arrangement of antique peonies, the two share floral design trends that embrace color, texture and a new cultural aesthetic. For the full article visit ELLEDECOR.com.

Produced by AphroChic
Florals by Phileanor and Kat Flower
Styling by Angela Belt
Photography by Patrick Cline