The Edna Lewis Foundation was created in January of 2012 to revive, preserve and celebrate the rich history of African-American cookery by cultivating a deeper understanding of Southern food and culture in America.

The guiding spirit of The Foundation is its namesake, Chef Edna Lewis, an early champion of Southern cookery who helped educate and mentor generations of chefs and food enthusiasts, while celebrating the African American culinary community and culture. A new board was installed in March of 2016, has continued this legacy, fundraising to provide scholarships, training and advocacy for the African-American tradition of the original farm-to-table lifestyle, eating with the seasons, a sense of community, and the satisfactory feeling that hard work is always rewarded by good food.

Foundation endeavors include educational initiatives, food industry awards, an annual national food conference, leadership awards program, culinary scholarships, and publications.

Upcoming Events

SOUTH SIDE CHEFS Revival and Homecoming to benefit the Edna Lewis Foundation

August 11, 2019
2 – 6 PM

Parkway Ballroom
4455 South King Drive
Chicago, IL 60653

Tickets from $95/person

Click here for further details for click the button below to purchase tickets.


“One of the greatest pleasures of my life has been that I have never stopped learning about Good Cooking and Good Food.” – Edna Lewis