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We create intimate, curated dining experiences interpreting history through food.

Our mission is deeply rooted in celebrating the rich heritage of African American culture through food. Our approach to dining is an artful narrative, immersing our guests in the captivating the melodies of people of color, one dish at a time. Our six-course menu pays homage to the profound impact of history on food. Crafted by our renowned culinary director, Steve Glenn, a finalist from Hell's Kitchen, each course is a tribute to our culture. Every bite tells a story of resilience, innovation, and heritage.

As you savor each course, you'll experience our commitment to uplifting the culinary voices of chefs from diverse backgrounds. We wholeheartedly embrace and support vibrant communities of color, LGBTQ+, and women in the culinary world. Our aim is to create a space where respect, trust, and appreciation flourish.

Join us on a heartfelt journey, where culture, inclusivity, and delectable cuisine unite to create unforgettable moments.

Our menu is a testament to the enduring influence of African American history on the art of food.

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Upcoming Events

Looking for an exciting dining event in Richmond?
Browse our upcoming experiences below!
  • Memories on a Plate
    Memories on a Plate
    Fri, Mar 29
    Richmond
    Mar 29, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Richmond, 205 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224, USA
    Mar 29, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Richmond, 205 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224, USA
    Join us for 'Memories on a Plate,' a nostalgic culinary journey featuring six courses inspired by our culinary director's childhood, paired with curated wines for an unforgettable evening in Richmond.
  • Private Wine Tasting
    Private Wine Tasting
    Book to set up a date.
    Richmond
    Book to set up a date.
    Richmond, 205 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224, USA
    Book to set up a date.
    Richmond, 205 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224, USA
    We are now hosting wine tastings at our studio for groups! If you have a small group of people and want to celebrate a special occasion book your group's personal wine tasting with our own UGK Sommelier Justin Ferguson by clicking the button below.

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Past Events

Healing, Hope &
Freedom
Fort Monroe

A fundraising event in support of The Fort Monroe Foundation and its African Landing Memorial Project.  Featuring a six-course menu curated and executed by five chefs of color who drew inspiration from the black history of food and the history of Fort Monroe. Watch our video below.

The dinner with a historical significance was graced by present and former state governors as well as members of Congress.

Smithfield Follow Up Poster
Fort Monroe Event Poster
Exploration &
Innovation of Smithfield
Dover Hall

The evening offered an opportunity to discover the versatility of Smithfield products. UGK chefs crafted inventive recipes that guests savored while interacting with the chefs and their culinary masterpieces. The event enabled guests to explore the diverse ways in which Smithfield products can be incorporated into their own operations."

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