Top 10 Blackest, and Sometimes Bougiest, Food Moments Ever Televised

From that ‘Good Times’ dinner party featuring meatloaf to the final night out on ‘Insecure,’ a ranking of the small screen’s most important dinner moments

Audarshia Townsend
ZORA
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5 min readFeb 11, 2022

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A group of black women gather for dinner. Getty Images.

I’ve always been obsessed with all things Black history, so when I decided to write about food and beverages, I turned my attention to Black folks making history in the culinary world. Through the years, I’ve covered a variety of high achievers, from Hercules Posey, an enslaved man and chef for President George Washington, to Mariya Russell, the first-ever Black female chef to attain a Michelin star.

Of course, I cannot ignore this obsession even when I’m off the clock. For instance, for fun, I enjoy analyzing the food scenes on popular television shows. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, but some of the best TV moments happen when people are eating, whether it’s a dinner party at home or lively gatherings at restaurants.

When it comes to Black-centric television shows, the scenes have always been particularly extra. They are also very memorable — only in the way Black people can do it — which is why I’ve ranked the Top 10 Blackest Food Moments Ever Televised. From an unforgettable Good Times dinner party featuring meatloaf to the final girls’ night out on Insecure, here is how these scenes rank. I’ve even thrown in a little bougie flavor for good measure.

10. Queen Sugar: “Pleasure is Back,” season four, episode one

It wouldn’t be Queen Sugar without at least one great food scene per episode. Set in the fictitious parish of St. Josephine, just outside of New Orleans, the drama centers Vi’s Pies every chance it gets. In “Pleasure is Back,” Vi’s Pies has its official grand opening, complete with brass band and owner Violet Bordelon, who is played by Tina Lifford, and her family dancing in the street in colorful attire. If you knew all that Vi went through in order to get this pie business off the ground, you’d be dancing, too.

9. The Jeffersons: A compilation of Mother Jefferson

You think you know shade? No one delivered it better than Mother Jefferson (Zara Cully), the doting matriarch of series star…

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Audarshia Townsend
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Audarshia Townsend is a Chicago-based journalist who writes about how food & beverages impact the culture and industry. Email: Audarshia@townsendmediamagic.com