Join us in celebrating the launch of a new audio documentary series, The Hidden Black Foodways of Minnesota, created by Mecca Bos and produced by Nancy Rosenbaum, as a part of KFAI’s MinneCulture. “The Godfather of Black Space in Minneapolis” is the first installment, and it tells the story of activist, restaurateur, and a force for change, A.B. Cassius — a badass bar owner and the first Black person in Minneapolis to ever hold a liquor license.
The party will take place on the patio at Palmer’s Bar, a storied venue that is now Black-owned, for a festive evening. Doors at 5, event begins at 6. The party will feature live music from legendary Cornbread Harris, listening selections from the audio documentary, complimentary appetizers from Soul Bowl, and a very special toast. Food available for purchase throughout the event, and cocktails and other beverages will be available for purchase, including a selection from Black-owned DuNord Craft Spirits, plus an afterparty with DJ Keezy. Fly and fancy attire encouraged but not required! Tickets are sliding scale, so pay what you can, but we suggest a $15 per person donation, or a $30 pay-it-forward donation. All money goes to help pay for BIPOC chefs, musicians, and DJ. This is a 21+ event. Must have valid ID to enter.
***THIS IS AN OUTDOOR EVENT- IT WILL BE CANCELLED IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER. TICKETS WILL BE REFUNDED IF CANCELLED PRIOR TO EVENT START TIME***
ABOUT THE MAN WHO INSPIRED DREAMLAND 2021:
Anthony Brutus Cassius was questioned by the FBI, fought to be the first Black person in Minnesota to get a liquor license, and his famous greasy burgers were once mentioned on the Johnny Carson show. But above all, starting in the 1930s, he created space for the Twin Cities Black community to eat, drink, organize and connect. Even today, there are few Black-owned bars or restaurants in the Twin Cities. Cassius’ story helps us to understand how we got here.
“The Godfather of Black Space in Minneapolis,” is a new audio documentary from KFAI’s MinneCulture that traces Cassius’ life and impact as a labor organizer, civil rights leader, and entrepreneur. It was produced by food writer and chef Mecca Bos and audio journalist Nancy Rosenbaum, and it’s the first installment in the Hidden Black Foodways of Minnesota — an audio documentary and podcast series that will spotlight untold and under-told stories of Minnesota’s Black food makers and pioneers.