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A Taste of Community

A Taste of Community

In this debut episode of Built to Last, host Elaine Welteroth chats with Pinky Cole, CEO & founder of the Atlanta vegan restaurant Slutty Vegan—discussing the unique challenges of restaurant operation amidst a pandemic, reimagining what it means to be vegan, and finding lessons in her setbacks. Honoring the pioneer who paved the way for Pinky Cole and other restaurant owners today, acclaimed photographer and writer, L. Kasimu Harris narrates the story of Leah Chase’s iconic restaurant Dooky Chase, which fed civil rights leaders, presidents, and some of the most legendary names in Black history.To learn more about the small businesses featured in today’s episode, visit and Also, make sure to follow Slutty Vegan on Instagram @SluttyVeganATL. Continue the conversation by reaching out to us @americanexpress on social media or by using #AmexBuiltToLast. Be sure to check out the video version on AMEX’s YouTube page featuring illustrations by Reyna Noriega.  

Duration: 47 min

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