A proud Oakland native, Aminah “Chef Mimi” Robinson-Briscoe is the founder of the Black Food & Wine Experience. She is passionate about bringing Black culture and food together for the most amazing culinary experiences. For more than a decade, she has focused on the often-overlooked intersection of food, social justice, and entertainment. In her article “Black Girls Don’t Eat Avocados: A Holistic View of Food Disparities in the Black Community,” Chef Mimi shares her own personal food journey and the philosophy that informs her work.
Through Chef Mimi LLC, Chef Mimi has brought to life three distinct brands: The Black Food & Wine Experience, an interactive annual event that bridges food, beverage, education, health, and Black culture, "Bringing It to The Table," the first culinary competition show highlighting the talent and passion of Black chefs, and Chef Mimi Catering, a boutique catering company that services Bay Area tech companies such as Facebook, Slack, Twilio and Lyft as well as non-profits and cultural events like the Coalition of Black Excellence and ESSENCE Festival.
A graduate of the California Culinary Arts Academy in San Francisco, Chef Mimi is an active board member of the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce and Diablo Valley College’s culinary and wine program. Most recently, she was recognized on the list of 2021 Forbes Next 1000, which highlights entrepreneurial heroes who are redefining what it means to build and run a business today.
THE BLACK FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCE
The Black Food & Wine Experience, a mission-driven event created to bridge food, beverage, education, health, and Black culture, returns to Oakland June 11-19. Its mission is to provide a space where hospitality and Black excellence are cultivated, celebrated, and explored by all. For its fifth celebration, the 2022 Black Food & Wine Experience will honor Juneteenth and the reemergence of Black Wall Street.
CHEF MIMI CATERING
A classically trained chef, Chef Mimi provides full-service catering services through her signature take on a variety of cuisine. Each event brings clients closer to her belief that food is a universal experience that brings people together and allows one to share their passion and heritage.
Bringing It to the Table is an African-American reality cooking competition hosted by Chef Mimi. The show unveils drama with fiery and clashing personalities in a battle for culinary domination. It’s an opportunity for chefs to share their lives while living out their culinary dreams.