Few Dope Queens will be a special four-course prix fixe vegan dinner event by Shola Walker with drinks by Ariel Lawrence.
Dinner is $25 per person (excludes tax and gratuity), with optional tea and alcohol pairings available.
Reservations/tickets and more info at ipanemaveg.com/queens
A Richmond native born to Reverands Horace and Janie Walker, Shola Walker has had food and cooking present in her life from her early childhood. Janie, affectionately known as “Ladybug”, is one of 19 children so Shola’s primary culinary education came from various family members trying to feed everyone for Sunday dinner, family reunions and/or church functions. After a career as a performing artist Shola returned to her roots in cooking as a professional (WPA Bakery, Julep’s New Southern Cuisine, Nota Bene). It was at WPA Bakery where she met and befriended Kendra Murden, who encouraged her to open her own business. Leaning on her strengths as a long time baker and with the help of her supportive family, Shola and her sisters Michelle Sanders and Shantell Malachi opened Mahogany Sweets bakery in November of 2017. Mahogany Sweets focuses on the “exceptional” – customers who have to make dietary exceptions such as gluten-free, vegan, diabetic, dairy-free while making baked goods so desirable no one will ever notice.
Ariel Lawrence is a bartender and educator who focuses on sustainable cocktail culture and has lectured on community engagement and culturally focused bar pedagogy. She currently works at Laura Lee’s, a restaurant and fern bar proudly located on Richmond’s Southside.