Chef Adrian Lipscome is an architect and city planner, a pitmaster, a certified sake expert, a restaurateur, and mom of four. Chef Adrian is the owner of Uptowne Cafe & Bakery in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In June 2020, during the height of the pandemic and racial tensions, she engaged her skills as a chef and city planner to uplift the community in La Crosse. Adrian gained tremendous support from customers, fellow small business owners, and a growing national community in the endeavor to launch The 40 Acres & A Mule Project. This project is her vision to have a sanctuary for the history, food, and stories of Black culture in food and farming. This land will be used to teach farming, archive Black foodways, and the importance of Black farms.
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