Events / Dinner


Meal Kit on sale November 15 - 16 Virtual event will take place on:

Tue, November 23, 2021

6:30 PM
Zoom link to be sent to registered guests.
Price: $100 Ticket sales for this event are now closed.

In May 2021, we launched the Beard House Fellows program presented by Capital One, which re-envisions the potential of this historic space into a hub of training and professional development for talented emerging chefs. Each Fellow will have a one-month residence at the Beard House where JBF will provide hard skills training along with the opportunity to develop a meal kit in collaboration with Great Performances that will be available across the country.

Meet our newest Fellow: Lay Alston. From an early age, Lay demonstrated love by cooking for her mother, which sparked her passion for culinary arts. After attending Food and Finance High School and competing with Careers Through Culinary Arts (C-CAP), Lay continued her education at The Culinary Institute of New York-Monroe College. As a professional chef, Lay worked at various New York establishments including Morimoto and Café Boulud. In 2017, Lay appeared in an episode of Celebrity Undercover Boss with a disguised Marcus Samuelsson. Impressed by her work, Samuelsson offered her a spot on his team as a sous chef where she was a part of the opening of  Red Rooster, Shoreditch, in London, staged at Kitchen & Table in Stockholm, Sweden, and worked at Red Rooster in Harlem. Most recently, she worked as a chef-instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in Los Angeles. She is currently in the process of launching an upscale mobile restaurant, soul&wheel.

Lay Alston’s Beard Box will be on sale Monday, November 15 at 9:00 A.M. EST through Tuesday, November 16 at 11:59 P.M. ET.  
Meal Kits serve two (2) guests and will be delivered on November 23.  The virtual event will take place on Tuesday, November 23 at 6:30 P.M. ET.

+ Beard Box is available for nationwide shipping in the continental United States.

+ Please note that due to the nature of this event, we are not able to accommodate dietary restrictions at this stage. We appreciate your understanding and support of this policy.
+ Kits are non-refundable.


created by
Lay Alston

Shrimp Joint> Shrimp Spring Roll with Soul Dipping Sauce
Allergens: Alliums, Gluten, and Shellfish

At Virgie Lee’s> Salmon Croquette served with Grits, Winter Greens, and Sauce of Shells
Allergens: Alliums, Dairy, Egg, Gluten, and Shellfish

Yaya’s Crib> Sweet Potato Pound Cake with Brown Butter Icing, Persimmon Compote, and SageGraham Cracker Crumble
Allergens: Dairy, Egg, Gluten

Some heating or finishing will be required; instructions will be provided. Refrigeration recommended.

Suggested Wine Pairings selected by Lay Alston and Tahiirah Habibi

ASLINA by Ntsiki Biyela Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Maison Noir Wines "Other People's Pinot Noir" 2020 By André Hueston Mack

Domaine Carneros by Taittinger Brut Rosé 2017

We encourage you to find these wines at your local retail shop or you can purchase from our partner Happy-Cork in Brooklyn and have shipped to a limited number of states noted on their site.

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