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Josephine Baker represents timeless beauty. She was regal, sophisticated, and driven. She thrived during a time where people of color were forced to dine in the “coloreds only” section of a restaurant. I felt honored on that evening to be seated in a restaurant amongst a variety of races and classes. We still have a way to go, but many of us don’t reflect on how far we’ve actually come. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream and Josephine Baker is noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. There was a time where blacks couldn’t get an education. Now look at us, educated Black women and men discussing politics and arts with Whites and Hispanics over wine at fine restaurants. Times have changed from our parent’s days. And when our children grow-up, we will see how different those days will be from now.

Chez Josephine is a classy, family oriented restaurant. A cozy establishment owned by Ms. Baker’s adopted sons Jean-Claude and Jarry Baker. My dining experience at Chez Josephine was majestic. The lobster cassoulet is very delicious; black beans, shrimp, scallops, seafood sausage and lobster set in a shellfish bouillon. Dessert included the most delightful creme brulee and chocolate cake covered in a chocolate ganache.

Chez Josephine, (212) 594-1925, 414 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

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