ABC7 celebrates Juneteenth with 'Our Chicago: Food for the Soul' special hosted by Cheryl Burton

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team and Cheryl Burton WLS logo
Saturday, June 15, 2024
'Our Chicago: Food for the Soul'
ABC7 Chicago's Cheryl Burton spoked with chefs Erick Williams, Daniella Coffey, Charla Draper and Michael Bonner for a Juneteenth 2024 special.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC7 celebrates Juneteenth with a half-hour special hosted by Anchor/Reporter Cheryl Burton Saturday, June 15 at 6 p.m., Sunday, June 16 at 11p.m. and on and ABC 7's connected TV apps.

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There is nothing like a Juneteenth celebration with mouthwatering Soul Food and Chicagoans know how to do it up right. Native Chicagoan Cheryl Burton gives us a sample of some of the most delicious Soul Food in the city, from local restaurants to intimate family dinners. "OUR CHICAGO: Food for the Soul" gives viewers a taste of traditional Soul Food favorites like chitlins, cornbread, greens, yams, and dressing among other dishes. Also explored is how Chicago has added its unique flavor to the cuisine. The special features a dietician who shows how soul food doesn't have to be unhealthy.

Charla L. Draper and Chicago chef, educator and entrepreneur Cliff Rome joined ABC7 on Friday night to talk about National Soul Food month.

Throughout the special, Cheryl talks to distinguished African American chefs about their passion for cooking including Erick Williams, the first Black chef to earn the distinction of "Best Chef: Great Lakes" by the James Beard Foundation; Daniella Coffey, chef & owner of St. Rest No.2 Country Kitchen, who inherited the family business from her father and learned to cook by watching him; Charla Draper, founder, National Soul Food Month and Michael Bonner, chef & owner, CMB catering.

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ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago is the No. 1 local news source and most-watched television station in Chicago. With top-rated daily newscasts spanning decades and the largest social media presence in the market with more than 2.6 million Facebook followers, ABC7 Eyewitness News provides breaking news, investigative reporting, weather, politics, traffic and sports in the multiplatform space toChicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana. NamedBest News Operationby the Associated Press for four consecutive years, ABC 7 Eyewitness News produces "Chicago Proud," a series of features that spotlights everyday heroes in and around Chicago.The station also produces the highest-rated New Year's Eve special in Chicago,holiday kickoff special "The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival,"syndicated to a national audience, as well as the award-winning program series "Our Chicago," which showcases the city's diversityand highlights contributions in the Black, Hispanic, Asian,LGBTQ+ communities, among others.Every Friday, Windy City Weekend, entertains while giving Chicagoans everything they need to know about what's happening in the city. ABC 7 is the only Chicago station producing and broadcasting parades representing Chicago's rich cultural history. In addition to producing town halls focused on current social issues, the station has a long and proud tradition of broadcasting political candidate debates keeping Chicago'selectorate informed.ABC7's outreach efforts include annual partnerships with the Red Cross for life-saving blood drives, one of the biggest one-day drives in the country and, most recently, spearheading an effort to raise more than $1.5 million for area food pantries.




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