With paternal roots hailing from Belize alongside a maternal southern upbringing, Founder and Chef Brianne Grinage, launched Creole Soul Food in 2021. Harold Grinage Sr., Brianne's late grandfather, lead the family as a cook and a chef occupationally; but at home he was often out-shined by his wife Iris Grinage, who would go on to sustain the dishes that was dear to the country they migrated from upon settling in New York City. Curry spice, smoked paprika, garlic, peppers and onions are staples in every meal, highlighting Creole culture. Indulging in Soul Food has always been celebrated amongst African Americans and is indispensable for Southern families where food gatherings are a form of love; the heart of cooking. Intertwining cajun spices with the traditional recipes of Soul Food cuisine birthed Creole Soul.
Brianne is a native New Yorker and SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology graduate. She genetically acquired the art of cooking, amplifying her skill set with intermediate culinary training alongside chef, mentor and consultant Thevia Garcia Bolanos, owner of Burger Queens in East Elmhurst Queens, NY. Creole Soul is the reflection of her heritage, having family with Georgian roots and family with Caribbean culture.
How We Operate
Creole Soul is a member at E.Terra Kitchen Commissary, a commercial kitchen space that supports all models of businesses in the food and beverage industry based in East Harlem, New York. Operating from E.Terra allows us to utilize the space as ghost kitchen for food delivery, while serving as a preparation hub for food truck services, catered events and street fairs. E.Terra also serves as a mutual ground for tastings during catering event planning. We’re 100% female owned and operated, proud MWBE certified.