Mission


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

Every culture, every family, and ultimately every living soul understands the importance of food. Food goes beyond breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food brings families together; seals business deals, builds friendships, and forms lifetime commitments. While food is for the living, a taste of a beloved family recipe will bring back special memories of a departed loved one.

“Over the years since I left home, I have kept thinking about the people I grew up with and about our way of life. I realize how much the bond that held us had to do with food.”Edna Lewis

A chef, cookbook author, and teacher, Edna Lewis was a champion of Southern cookery who helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. The Edna Lewis Foundation will continue this legacy by being at the center of the African-American culinary community and maintaining a dedicated commitment to exploring the way food enriches lives.