15 February 2023
The Weekly
Start Black History Month in Holt RenfrewStart Black History Month in Holt Renfrew

For the night of Feb. 1, Holt Renfrew set its sights on food. For one night, to mark the start of Black History Month, it handed over Holts Café to chef Rachel Adjei and sommelier Jaby Dayle. The takeover was filled with exciting and unexpected culinary moments and a slew of stylish guests. Adjei is the founder of the Abibiman Project, a culinary education initiative that seeks to promote African foods and culture. A portion of the profits from her varied activities, including the weekly Benada dinner series held at the Grapefruit Moon in Toronto and booths at farmers markets, are donated to Afri-Can Food Basket, whose focus is food justice, health and social enterprise in the African Canadian community. Dayle, whose own journey into wine higher education kicked off during the pandemic, is the founder of Discerning Palate Wines which aims to make wine education, both for those looking to become sommeliers or the home connoisseur, more accessible.