I have been working on and reflect back the things that I believe to be affirming, full-bodied Yardy truths. Been taking the time to put words to the spirit and motivation behind why we do what we do. They speak of the who and how to better include. Each line signifies and assigns what I aspire to be the possibilities and beyond the edges of how we think about food and gatherings today. The words to follow feel like platforms to stand on, places of excavation and palpable longevity:
Yardy believes that food matters--that it can be beautiful, immersive, celebrate the iconic, and challenge you to be awake and sensual.
Yardy is storytelling through Caribbean food, leafing through pages of transcoastal multitudes.
Yardy threw the dinner where you actually had a meaningful conversation with someone who you never thought you would meet.
Yardy works with you to make your next big event socially relevant, unforgettable, active, and pleasurable.
Yardy believes that food activism is hard, ugly, and sexy.
Yardy dreams of tropical fetes tapping inside of happily bronzed bellies.
Yardy is a future full of Viola Davises, Marlon Jameses, Sister Nancys, Audre Lordes, Afeni Shakurs, James Baldwins.
Yardy embodies black and caribbean culture that made it off a mood board and became the author of its own wealth.
Yardy is the continuous loop of farmer, plant, cook, and diner.
Xx DeVonn Francis