Black Farmers Market presents

Grazefully Rooted

May 14, 2022

The next Grazefully Rooted dining experience will be on June 19, 2021. Details about menu, chefs, farmers, and venue will be available soon. 

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Dinner and a Tour

Join the Black Farmers’ Market at the table! Start the Spring evening with a tour of Stagville Plantation followed by appetizers and music as we set the tone for the evening. Then meet us at the table for a five course dinner curated by local legend Caren Ochola of The Palace International featuring produce from local Black farmers. 

“The farm to table dinner was  a thoughtfully curated experience from beginning to end. From the vendors, the sustainable cutlery, to the farm tour. I loved how each course was explained by the chef while being served. The cherry on top was the land being Black-owned.”

Meet Our Chefs

The Ocholas

The Palace International is a family-run restaurant started by Maurice and Caren Ochola in 1989. The Palace became a big part of the Durham lore through the 1990s not only offering renowned African cuisine, but more notably offering a meeting ground for diverse communities and a world-beat music scene.


Since then, The Palace International has been handed over to Moses and Susanna Ochola who have been committed to providing an exceptional dining and social experience through food, music, and culture. 

Unfortunately due to COVID and other circumstances, the palace closed its doors in 2021. Today the palace catering department focuses on highlighting local produce while specializing in both traditional East African delicacies as well as African spins on world cuisines.

With high sprits, The Palace International is in the process of finding a new home. To continue a rich legacy as it launces its new spice line featuring 3 signature brands: Sawa Sawa, Chai Masala, and their Swahili rice spice. It brings us great pleasure to welcome you to their family. 


The Dessert Chefs

Chef KennethJ and Baker Tamara
Owners of Royal Cheesecake & Varieties

Chef KennethJ and Baker Tamara, owners of Royal Cheesecake & Varieties have been serving their decadent desserts in the Triangle since 2013. Chef KennethJ started baking pies with his mom in Detroit, MI and Baker Tamara learned baking from her Mississippi-born grandma. Chef KennethJ is culinary-certified and Baker Tamara is grandma-certified.

You may have tried their NC Sweet Potato Pound Cake, Red Velvet Cake or their cheesecakes in various flavors including: Strawberry, Oreo and their almost famous Chicken & Waffle. You can find Royal Cheesecake & Varieties desserts on 2nd & 4th Sundays at The Black Market, in June their products will be sold at The Black Friday Market or order online. They will be happy to create and bake your desserts.

A native of Durham, Georie Bryant is a community activist who holds collaboration, equity and reciprocity very close to his ethic. As a descendent of Stagville, a chef,  and farmer Georie has roots which tie him closely to agriculture and the food industry, his work often centering around addressing injustice in the ways that Black and Brown people interact with food and food systems. 

The Chef

Assisting Piri
Georie Bryant

“The farm to table experience surpassed my expectations by far. To see and hear the Black farming community up close and personal soothed my soul, not to mention great food, music, and fellowship. I can’t wait to attend another.”

Tickets On Sale Soon!


$ 110
  • per person

Event Details

Stagville Plantation

5828 Old Oxford Highway

Durham, NC 27712

May 14, 2022

3 – 8 pm

Safety Information

To ensure participant and staff safety, we will practice CDC recommended safety protocols. Masks are required when not eating and drinking. Social distancing is highly encouraged.

Seating is first come, first served. If you intend to sit with other guests, please arrive as close to the same time as possible to select seats. Tables available to seat up to 6 people. Dinner will be served inside family style (only sharing with people who are seated at your table). Dinner is adult only. 

Please let us know of any dietary restrictions when you complete the registration form. 


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