Highlights from the Event

During the month of February, the Sweet Home Café will bring families and friends together to celebrate African American history and culture through food and hospitality. Every Friday from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, and extending into the weekends, Sweet Home Café will feature special menu takeovers by select chefs from across the country. These chefs will tell stories from their heritage through the exquisite menus they curate and execute in the Sweet Home Café kitchen.  

Visit Sweet Home Café to enjoy a special menu curated by Sweet Home Café Executive Chef, Ramin Coles. As a young traveler with his family, Restaurant Associates' Executive Chef Ramin Coles, learned about cultures through food and cultivated a passion to serve flavor, stories, and history on a plate. Empowered by three amazing women in his life, his great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother, Coles had the opportunity to explore charter boat fishing and cooking his own pancakes and cookies during the summers at a very early age. Coles’ hobbies as a child also included visiting museums, specifically, the Smithsonian Air and Space and Natural History museums in Washington DC, where his stepfather would drop him off while operating a food truck in the 1980’s.  

As a museum explorer and food connoisseur, Coles understands the museum visitors’ food preferences and needs. Coles joined Restaurant Associates in 2018 as sous-chef at Sweet Home Café in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Since arriving, he has demonstrated excellent leadership and culinary talent. Along his culinary journey, Coles was a chef at The Sunset Room by Wolfgang Puck located at the National Harbor in Maryland, chef de cuisine at Alfie's, and head chef at Black Market Bistro. In addition, Coles has worked with some of DC's most celebrated chefs including Jeff Black and Bob Kinkead. He was also a member of Bob Kinkead and Tracy O'Grady's 1998 Bocuse d'Or team. Coles received his culinary training at Académie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, MD. He is thrilled to be accommodating and serving guests who are, like him, hungry for culture! 
For more details visit Sweet Home Café's webpage. Timed-entry passes are required to enter the museum. 

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