Slices of vegan cauliflower pizza with veggies and almond cheese, organic slow roasted pumpkin stew, broiled salmon and quinoa were all on Malissa “Mali” Hunter’s menu for the Toyota Green Initiative (TGI) private cooking demo and dinner on the eve before Afropunk Atlanta’s third kickoff. Just over a dozen media guests, including area news personalities NBC’S Shiba Russell and ABC’s Jovita Moore, gathered into a cozy home in Atlanta’s booming West Midtown neighborhood.

Festivities began with libations and appetizers on the patio before moving into the house for a demo on making shish kebabs with veggies and salmon. Hunter, who is increasingly more well-known for her healthy cooking than her main gig as general manager/partner of the famous Tree Sound Studios, guided guests, stationed before cutting boards topped with mushrooms, carrots, green and yellow bell peppers, potatoes, salt, pepper and more on a handful of tables, in the fine art of chopping and shish kebab assembly.

She also shared insights on sustainable cooking overall. Launched in 2010, TGI rallies the African American community around sustainability as a lifestyle. This effort is achieved through interactions with ambassadors like Hunter, a three-year veteran, and partnerships with progressive experiences like Afropunk Atlanta — where this year’s headlining artist included N.E.R.D. featuring Pharrell Williams.


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