Next up at The Roosevelt is "A Celebration of Juneteenth" on June 19, a dinner with Chef Leah Branch hosted by Deb Freeman. The eight-course dinner is $175 with wine and cocktail pairings and tax/tip included.

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Chef Leah Branch at The Roosevelt and Deb Freeman

Originally from Chesterfield, Virginia, Chef Leah Branch is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, and was previously Executive Chef at Moonrakers in Beaufort, North Carolina. Her cooking has been featured on the Today Show, Vice Magazine and the Cooking Channel's "Sugar Showdown". She has a strong passion for Southern cuisine and strives to explore our regional foodways at The Roosevelt.

Deb Freeman is a food anthropologist, podcaster and writer, with a specialty on the intersection of race, culture, and food. She writes about Black foodways throughout America, but particularly in Virginia and the greater South. Freeman is the host and creator of Setting the Table, the critically acclaimed podcast that explores Black foodways and culinary history, named as by Apple Podcasts as “one of the shows we loved in 2022”, listed as a podcast to listen to by Tasting Table, and Texas Monthly wrote the podcast “explored topics they wished they had covered.”

Juneteenth at The Roosevelt