Black History Month

Online Cooking Demos

Many of our favorite foods are deeply rooted in Black culture. Learn how to make traditional dishes in honor of Black History Month from local chefs and business owners like Lamar Moore, Brian Jupiter, James Sanders, Dominique Leach and Itiona Scott.

Lamar Moore
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 5:30PM
On the Menu:
- Pan Seared Pork Chop with Molasses Butter
- Black Eyed Pea Cassoulet
- BBQ Carrots

Brian Jupiter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 5:30PM
On the Menu:
- Crawfish Hushpuppies

Itiona Scott
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 5:30PM
On the Menu:
- Chile Lemon Lime Salmon Fajita Salad with Cilantro

Lamar Moore
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 5:30PM
On the Menu:
- Pan Seared Pork Chop with Molasses Butter
- Black Eyed Pea Cassoulet
- BBQ Carrots

Brian Jupiter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 5:30PM
On the Menu:
- Crawfish Hushpuppies

Itiona Scott
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 5:30PM
On the Menu:
- Chile Lemon Lime Salmon Fajita Salad with Cilantro

James Sanders
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 5:30PM
On the Menu:
- Crab and Lobster Stuffed Shells

Dominique Leach
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 5:30PM
On the Menu:
- Black Bean Hoppin' John
- Brisket Baked Beans
- Cast Iron Johnny Cakes
- Green Beans, Potatoes and Smoked Turkey Tails

James Sanders
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 5:30PM
On the Menu:
- Crab and Lobster Stuffed Shells

Dominique Leach
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 5:30PM
On the Menu:
- Black Bean Hoppin' John
- Brisket Baked Beans
- Cast Iron Johnny Cakes
- Green Beans, Potatoes and Smoked Turkey Tails

Hungry for More?

Get cooking tonight with these BONUS Black History Month recipes from Chef Lamar Moore.

Proudly Supporting Black-Owned Businesses

Learn more about the local and national brands we love. Then give them a try when you buy their products at your neighborhood Mariano’s.

beelove

Created by the social impact enterprise Sweet Beginnings, beelove’s organic honey and honey‑infused skin care products from urban apiaries in North Lawndale, Illinois, also provide important transitional job opportunities for area residents who struggle with barriers to employment.

CharBoy's Sauces

Bring unique flavors to your entrees with CharBoy's gourmet sauces, including Bourbon Sauce, Hot & Sweet Asian, Southern BBQ Sauce and Hot & Spicy Ketchup. CharBoy's takes pride in making products that are lower in sodium and sugar. Use them for char grilling, marinating or cooking your favorite dish.

Doc's Gourmet

When Doc's Gourmet opened in 1998, the Illinois-based company’s first product was a traditional tomato salsa made with all-natural ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup. Today they also make specialty black bean salsas, peach salsa, relish, ketchup and barbecue products that are backed by the promise that in every bite you can actually enjoy all of the ingredients. Taste for yourself when you buy Doc’s Gourmet products at your local Mariano’s.

beelove

Created by the social impact enterprise Sweet Beginnings, beelove’s organic honey and honey‑infused skin care products from urban apiaries in North Lawndale, Illinois, also provide important transitional job opportunities for area residents who struggle with barriers to employment.

CharBoy's Sauces

Bring unique flavors to your entrees with CharBoy's gourmet sauces, including Bourbon Sauce, Hot & Sweet Asian, Southern BBQ Sauce and Hot & Spicy Ketchup. CharBoy's takes pride in making products that are lower in sodium and sugar. Use them for char grilling, marinating or cooking your favorite dish.

Doc's Gourmet

When Doc's Gourmet opened in 1998, the Illinois-based company’s first product was a traditional tomato salsa made with all-natural ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup. Today they also make specialty black bean salsas, peach salsa, relish, ketchup and barbecue products that are backed by the promise that in every bite you can actually enjoy all of the ingredients. Taste for yourself when you buy Doc’s Gourmet products at your local Mariano’s.

Essie Marie's Salad Dressings & Marinade

Growing up on the South Side, Itiona Scott remembers how her mother, Essie Marie, fed their family the best food in the neighborhood. After her mom passed away from heart disease, Itiona created Essie Marie’s Dressings & Marinades in her honor. Try each of the five heart‑healthy varieties available in our Mariano’s stores.

Goode Foods

You can feel good when you stock your cabinets with canned items by Goode Foods. The Lincolnshire, Illinois, company is “Dedicated to Good Nutrition for Our Country™” by canning mixed veggies, assorted beans, sweet peas, whole kernel corn and more that is always low in sugar, sodium and fats.

Iya Foods

Iya Foods is a Chicagoland company inspired by it African roots and a mission to inspire delicious foods made from healthy ingredients. Iya Foods stays true to a culture of nourishment and exceptional flavor with its offerings of sauces, powders, flours, spices, herbs and seasonings.

Essie Marie's Salad Dressings & Marinade

Growing up on the South Side, Itiona Scott remembers how her mother, Essie Marie, fed their family the best food in the neighborhood. After her mom passed away from heart disease, Itiona created Essie Marie’s Dressings & Marinades in her honor. Try each of the five heart‑healthy varieties available in our Mariano’s stores.

Goode Foods

You can feel good when you stock your cabinets with canned items by Goode Foods. The Lincolnshire, Illinois, company is “Dedicated to Good Nutrition for Our Country™” by canning mixed veggies, assorted beans, sweet peas, whole kernel corn and more that is always low in sugar, sodium and fats.

Iya Foods

Iya Foods is a Chicagoland company inspired by it African roots and a mission to inspire delicious foods made from healthy ingredients. Iya Foods stays true to a culture of nourishment and exceptional flavor with its offerings of sauces, powders, flours, spices, herbs and seasonings.

Love Cork Screw Wine

In December 2013, Chrishon Lampley launched Love Cork Screw, which included six varieties of wine. Her hard work and entrepreneurial spirit has skyrocketed her success! We are proud to have Chrishon as a Mariano’s Tastemaker and stock her wines in our Adult Beverage Department.

Margie's Brands

In 2000, Wilbur Reneau decided to try his hand at the jam and jelly business and started what is known today as Margie's Brands, Inc. Nestled right here in Chicago, Margie’s Brand produces a line of 100% all-natural, no-sugar-added fruit spreads, syrups, marinades and salad dressings.

Mike's Seasonings

Mike’s Seasonings is specially blended with 17 spices for a big burst of flavor. Sprinkle, rub or marinate meats and vegetables to “bring the flavor to life!” Try Mike’s Seasonings Healthy Recipe, Original Recipe, Spicy Recipe, Garlic Butter, Jamaican Jerk Sauce and Sweet Asian Glaze.

Love Cork Screw Wine

In December 2013, Chrishon Lampley launched Love Cork Screw, which included six varieties of wine. Her hard work and entrepreneurial spirit has skyrocketed her success! We are proud to have Chrishon as a Mariano’s Tastemaker and stock her wines in our Adult Beverage Department.

Margie's Brands

In 2000, Wilbur Reneau decided to try his hand at the jam and jelly business and started what is known today as Margie's Brands, Inc. Nestled right here in Chicago, Margie’s Brand produces a line of 100% all-natural, no-sugar-added fruit spreads, syrups, marinades and salad dressings.

Mike's Seasonings

Mike’s Seasonings is specially blended with 17 spices for a big burst of flavor. Sprinkle, rub or marinate meats and vegetables to “bring the flavor to life!” Try Mike’s Seasonings Healthy Recipe, Original Recipe, Spicy Recipe, Garlic Butter, Jamaican Jerk Sauce and Sweet Asian Glaze.

Reggio's Pizza

Reggio’s legendary "butter crust" pies have been a longtime Chicago favorite ever since the family-owned pizzeria opened in 1792. Today you can fill your freezer with everyone’s favorite Reggio’s varieties available at Mariano’s in our Frozen Foods Department.

Signature Sweets Factory by Marcus J

At the age of 19, self-taught pastry chef Marcus J. Freeman turned this love of baking into a budding Chicagoland-area business. As his baking skill expanded, so did Marcus’ popularity, earning him the honors of catering a wide variety of local events. Today you can find gourmet bakery from Signature Sweets Factory by Marcus J at your local Mariano’s.

Solomon's BBQ Products & Condiments

When it comes to BBQ sauces, Solomon’s had definitely earned their reputation as being the king. Since the 1970s, this Chicago‑area business has been mixing up their signature sauces using a family recipe that is all natural, low salt, and free from gluten, sugar and preservatives.

Reggio's Pizza

Reggio’s legendary "butter crust" pies have been a longtime Chicago favorite ever since the family-owned pizzeria opened in 1792. Today you can fill your freezer with everyone’s favorite Reggio’s varieties available at Mariano’s in our Frozen Foods Department.

Signature Sweets Factory by Marcus J

At the age of 19, self-taught pastry chef Marcus J. Freeman turned this love of baking into a budding Chicagoland-area business. As his baking skill expanded, so did Marcus’ popularity, earning him the honors of catering a wide variety of local events. Today you can find gourmet bakery from Signature Sweets Factory by Marcus J at your local Mariano’s.

Solomon's BBQ Products & Condiments

When it comes to BBQ sauces, Solomon’s had definitely earned their reputation as being the king. Since the 1970s, this Chicago‑area business has been mixing up their signature sauces using a family recipe that is all natural, low salt, and free from gluten, sugar and preservatives.

tgin (Thank God It's Natural)

Chris-Tia Donaldson founded Thank God It’s Natural (tgin), a Chicago-based natural hair and skin care products manufacturer, with a focus on redefining beauty with a line of products that help women fall in with their kinks, curls and waves and cultivates a community that empowers women to be the best version of themselves.

Two Fish Crab Shack

We have partnered with the seafood masters at Two Fish Crab Shack so you can heat and eat some of their sensational restaurant offerings at home. Find select Two Fish To Go products at these Mariano’s stores: Bronzeville, South Loop, Bridgeport, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Crystal Lake and Vernon Hills.

tgin (Thank God It's Natural)

Chris-Tia Donaldson founded Thank God It’s Natural (tgin), a Chicago-based natural hair and skin care products manufacturer, with a focus on redefining beauty with a line of products that help women fall in with their kinks, curls and waves and cultivates a community that empowers women to be the best version of themselves.

Two Fish Crab Shack

We have partnered with the seafood masters at Two Fish Crab Shack so you can heat and eat some of their sensational restaurant offerings at home. Find select Two Fish To Go products at these Mariano’s stores: Bronzeville, South Loop, Bridgeport, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Crystal Lake and Vernon Hills.