Beyond black and white: Mawa’s Kitchen blends vegan with flavor
Article by Deon Osborne, Associate Editor – March 9, 2021
A Black woman-owned restaurant in Colorado has blasted past the competition to deliver a blend of cultural and vegan dishes. Mawa’s Kitchen offers balanced, vegan and traditional meals to nourish the body and heal the soul.
In an interview with theBWSTimes, the owner of Mawa’s Kitchen opened up about her African and Parisian roots, along with the legacy she hopes her flavorful food will create. “I always had a dream to come to America because in France there’s no opportunity for African French people. It was a really rude awakening for me.” said Mawa McQueen, who founded her restaurant in the wealthy business district of Aspen, Colorado in 2006.
Chef Mawa McQueen’s dishes blend together two distinct parts of her culinary roots – her African heritage and her French upbringing. Her restaurants’ menus will often feature uniquely international touches and flavors. She operates Mawa’s Kitchen in Aspen, Colorado and The Crepe Shack in nearby Snowmass Base Village. She recently launched Mawa’s GrainFreeNola, a gluten-free, grain-free, paleo all-natural granola.