The editors of PUNCH stand in solidarity with the protest movement that has swept across America in reaction to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and many before them.
To overlook the ways in which racism, inequality, sexism and economic injustice have rooted themselves within hospitality and drinking culture would be not only revisionist, it would render our efforts as editors and community members woefully incomplete. Covering these issues has always been a part of our mission at PUNCH, but this past week is a stark reminder that we need to do better—and not just today, or next week or the week after. We must make changes to our editorial processes that will ensure our efforts endure beyond this moment.
Today we’d like to offer some additional ways to get involved, whether it’s through reading, giving or simply following a social media account from a voice we respect. If you would like to share any additional resources, or if you would like to get in touch about contributing to PUNCH, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to hear from you.
WHO TO FOLLOW
- Colin Asare-Appiah (@getinvolvedbruv): spirits industry mentor and creator of “Letters to a Young Bartender.”
- Ashtin Berry (@thecollectress): founder of RadicalXchange, hospitality activist and educator engaging in industry-specific conversations around equity and justice.
- Alexis Brown (@lexluga): bartender and co-founder of Chicago-based organization Causing a Stir, which promotes the inclusion of women, minorities and other underrepresented groups in the bar and beverage industry.
- Klancy Miller (@klancycooks): founder of For the Culture, a food magazine that celebrates Black women who work in food and wine.
- Shannon Mustipher (@shannonmustipher): spirits educator, rum expert and founder of Women Who Tiki, an inclusive pop-up series that brings tiki to the masses.
- Garrett Oliver (@igarrettoliver): author, editor, Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster and one of the most influential voices in craft beer.
- Kapri Robinson (@kapri.possible): bartender and founder of Chocolate City’s Best, a platform designed to connect POC in the hospitality industry with career advancement opportunities.
- Krista Scruggs (@zafawines): farmer and biodynamic winemaker at Zafa, who is challenging the wine world’s outmoded status quo.
- Jackie Summers (@theliquortarian): creator of Sorel liqueur, drinks educator and co-chair of the Education Committee for the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, who has written extensively on on diversity, equity and inclusion.
WHAT TO READ / WATCH / LISTEN TO
- This anti-racist reading list compiled by our parent company, Penguin Random House, in addition to these recommendations from Black booksellers and publishers.
- Ashtin Berry’s Treacherous Waters series with distiller Maggie Campbell, which explores the power dynamics of white women in relation to women/femmes of color and explicitly Black women/femmes.
- Whetstone Magazine, an independent print magazine about global food culture founded by Stephen Satterfield. (Also check out Satterfield’s podcast, Point of Origin.)
- Jasmine Mitchell’s Anti-Racism Resource Packet, which covers everything from allyship to Black mental health resources.
- Michelle Alexander’s decade-old The New Jim Crow, which examines how the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control.
HOW TO SUPPORT
- Download the EatOkra app to find local Black businesses nationwide.
- Support Black-owned bars and restaurants in your city. Helen Rosner has compiled an extensive list of city-specific guides in her Instagram stories here, including these metro areas:
Atlanta (compiled by the THE VILLAGE)
Austin, TX (compiled by Austin Monthly)
Bay Area (compiled by Soleil Ho, Tracey Friley and others)
Boston (compiled by Black Restaurant Challenge)
Brooklyn (compiled by Black-Owned Brooklyn)
Charlottesville, VA (compiled by Charlottesville 29)
Chicago (compiled by Black Owned Chicago)
Chicago (compiled by Seasoned & Blessed)
Cleveland (not attributed)
Columbus, OH (compiled by Blackout Coalition)
D.C Metro Area (compiled by Anela Malik)
Denver (compiled by 303 Magazine)
Indianapolis, IN (compiled by Eat Here Indy)
Los Angeles (compiled by Kat Hong and Talia Mayden)
Miami (compiled by Zachary Fagenson)
Milwaukee (compiled by MKE Black)
Nashville, TN (not attributed)
New England: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT (compiled by Yankee Magazine)
New York City (compiled by Hannah Goldfield, Rachel Karten and Joseph Hernandez)
New Orleans (compiled by Mayor LaToya Cantrell)
New Orleans (compiled by Where Black NOLA Eats)
Philadelphia (compiled by Kae Lani Palmisano and Jenn Hall)
Portland, OR (compiled by I Love Black Food)
Queens (compiled by Karen Umeda)
Richmond, VA (compiled by BLK RVA)
San Antonio (compiled by San Antonio Mag)
San Diego (compiled by Packs Light)
Seattle (compiled by Naomi Tomky)
Seattle (compiled by Seattle Met)
St. Louis, MN (compiled by Feast Magazine)
Tampa, FL (compiled by Green Book Tampa Bay)
Twin Cities (compiled by MSP Mag)
- Consider contributing to these five organizations that are supporting communities across the country in our collective fight against racism and violence.