Black, White, and The Grey: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship and a Landmark Restaurant by John O. Morisano and Mashama Bailey

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  • ISBN 10 1984856200
  • ISBN 13 9781984856203
  • Published Jan 12 2021
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Lorena Jones Books

Publishers Text

Food brings people together, but can it help heal the racial divide? At The Grey in Savannah, Georgia, a rising-star black woman chef and a food-obsessed white businessman are equal partners who're breaking barriers--one plate at a time.

Black, White, and The Grey is a story about the mission, trials, and triumphs of two individuals who had little in common—except an obsession for great food—until they came together through an awakened determination to play a part in bridging the deep cultural divide in America during a time of profound national division, activated racism, and raging classism.

Media startup defector John O. Morisano and chef/partner Mashama Bailey tell the story, in stereo, of how they went from guarded business partners to best friends as they turned a dilapidated Jim Crow-era Greyhound bus station into one of the hottest restaurants in the country, as they faced their own and their community's inherent biases through their honest unflinching conversations with each other. Morisano provides the bassline and Bailey elucidates, commenting—and correcting—his retelling as they reveal the rawness, vulnerability, and humanity that make their partnership so inspiring. A recipe caps each chapter, peppering the narrative with food from their story.

Morisano and Bailey set out to build a restaurant and, in the process, committed themselves to having difficult conversations with each other about how their experiences as a white male and a black woman in America had shaped their understanding of race, class, and culture. It's a conversation that every American needs to eavesdrop on. And, anyone who is fascinated by chef and restaurant culture will enjoy the behind-the-scenes details of building and running a destination restaurant—in this case, one with profound historical significance in Georgia's colonial capital.