My name is Adowah, and I am the owner and curator and owner of Kultured.Kitchens LLC. We are a luxury dinner and tableware brand that marries the textiles of African fabrics with the functionality of dinnerware. Our desire is to create unique dining that connect family to culture. We believe your story should be represented in every area of your life, even your kitchen!
I have never been the best cook, or artist, but I have always loved to throw a good house party. Something about the bringing together of people in an intimate space was intriguing to me. In 2006, for a graduation gift to myself, I threw a 12-hour house party which included brunch. I cooked and served eggs, bacon, pancakes, and biscuits for 30 people. It was at that moment; I fell in love with entertaining.
Fast forward to 2019. I had just been fired from a job due to personal biases, gotten kicked out of a former friend’s apartment and left homeless. I fell into a deep depression that landed me at Peachtree Psychiatric Hospital. During my 7 days alone, I told myself that I desired better, and my life could not look like this anymore. I was tired, broken, and disappointed mostly in myself. I began to journal and realized I was mad at myself. Despite checking all the boxes, I went to college, got married, and had a child, I was still empty and unsatisfied. I realized my unhappiness was because I was not living my purpose. I had no control over my destiny, and I needed to take it back.
That same day, while watching Netflix, I came across Killer Mike’s special. He challenged himself to buy black for the next 30 days and within the first 10 minutes, he said something that would change my life forever.
After making this statement, his friend said, (as they sat in his KITCHEN) ….” So you can’t use that glass because it’s not black owned!”
6 months later Kultured.Kitchens was born.
In June of 2020, I asked my cousin Karin to join the movement. She has always had a love for family and the rich history of Africa. When visiting her grandparents house, she would walk down to visit with her great uncle to hear stories about the family and our lineage; soon after she began drawing the family tree. The first family tree in my had ever had.
As she got older, she researched our relatives on www.ancestry.com, and began talking and videotaping to the elders. This led to our first Strayhorn Family Reunion and the creation of her book, “Deeply Rooted- Origins of the Strayhorn Family”.
We share our story as a form of inspiration. Daily, we continue to journey with loving, accepting, and knowing that we are justified to be here. We wake-up boldly going after the better we know we deserve. This is true for everyone and Kultured.Kitchens understands, that our shared culture of triumph in the face of insurmountable odds is our legacy to pass down.