OnMilwaukee is proud to highlight Black History Month in Milwaukee and beyond. Our goal is to highlight even more Black-owned businesses and stories. Be sure to visit our first spotlight pick: Tropic MKE, owned by Hyacinth Nembhardt. Hyacinth's Jamaican roots were what inspired Tropic, bringing island vibes in both cocktails and cooking. Check out their sister bar, Concoctions, on Brady! Stop in for a visit.
Milwaukee native, Adjoa Courtney, grew up begrudgingly eating the vegan fare her parents cooked for her as she was growing up. Little did she know, she’d eventually build a successful business teaching others how to successfully adopt a plant-based lifestyle.
On this week’s podcast, we talk with Chef Joya about her food journey, from cooking with her grandmother in the kitchen to creating meals for celebrities. Along the way, she talks about her move to Charlotte, North Carolina, the positive impact the pandemic had on her business and the approach she takes to creating plant-based fare that appeals to everyone.
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Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.