The chef, city planner, architect, and activist talks Black land ownership, Texas tribulations, and studying sake.

By Kat Kinsman
March 05, 2021
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Communal Table featuring Adrian Lipscombe

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Episode 96: Adrian Lipscombe

When city planner and architect Adrian Lipscombe visited a cafe in La Crosse, Wisconsin for a business meeting, little did she know she'd end up moving her family up all the way from Austin, Texas, running the cafe herself, and revitalizing a whole section of the city. And if running a restaurant during a pandemic isn't a full-time-plus job, Lipscombe also developed an initiative—40 Acres and a Mule—to preserve, research and celebrate Black foodways and support Black land ownership, makes hundreds of free meals for families in need, and got certified as a sake expert. Lipscombe took time from her busy schedule to talk about all of that, as well as what's going on in her native Texas (spoiler alert: plenty), what farmers are up against, and how she ended up with 40 avocado plants in her home. 

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