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Hard Rock Stadium Welcomes 2 Black-owned Restaurants to Roster Jackson Soul Food and Grown Add Flavor to Stadium Options
18BB AN INDEPENDENT SUPPLEMENT BY MIA MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS GROUP TO THE MIAMI HERALD MONDAY , OCTOBER 2 , 2017
Profiles in Leadership
By Zach Rinkins
Councilwoman Davis ( center right ) poses with participants of a past MGWFE .
Councilwoman Lisa C . Davis has lived more than 40 years in the area that became Miami Gardens . Both of her children graduated from area schools . She said she has dedicated her personal and professional career to helping build a community where children thrive and eventually lead the city to greater heights .
“ I ’ ve always had the heart to help people in a big way ,” exclaimed Davis , a former Legacy Miami 25 “ Most Influen�al and Prominent Black Women in Business and Leadership ” honoree . “ I was asked by our current State Representa�ve Barbara Watson ( District 107 ) to consider running for council ,” recalled Davis , who said she
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Hard Rock Stadium Welcomes 2 Black-owned Restaurants to Roster Jackson Soul Food and Grown Add Flavor to Stadium Options

Customers eat samples of Jackson Soul Food at Hard Rock Stadium
Collard greens , macaroni and cheese , smothered pork chops and a slice of sweet potato pie . Sounds like Sunday dinner at Grandma ’ s house , but it ’ s actually game-day cuisine at Hard Rock

Councilwoman Davis Looks Forward to Continuing Service to Community After Term Ends

Davis with Miami Gardens residents .
ini�ally refused Watson ’ s recommenda�on . “ I went to my mom and she encouraged me to serve in a bigger way .”
In 2010 , the voters of Miami Gardens Residen�al Area Seat 2 elected Davis to represent them on the Miami Gardens City Council . Bordering County Line Road , Area 2 consists of the city ’ s northern boundary and includes the Andover and Norwood neighborhoods , among others . Her district notwithstanding , Davis envisions herself as an inclusive leader .
“ I love my district , but my events and ini�a�ves are for the en�re city . It ’ s about service to the en�re community .”
For Davis , leadership is about mee�ng
Stadium in Miami Gardens .
For Dolphins fans yearning for an alterna�ve to the tradi�onal hotdogs , cheesy nachos and so� pretzels , there ’ s now an expanded menu including soul food and healthy op�ons , courtesy of two black-owned restaurants .
Jackson Soul Food and Grown are literally adding flavor to the newly renovated stadium , which is gearing up to host the Super Bowl in 2020 .
Jackson Soul Food — located at Level 100 , Sec�on 134 inside the stadium — serves everything from pork chops , macaroni and needs and making difficult decisions . “ People look at what you do and not what you say ,” she said . “ You have to be able to make the decision and withstand the heat , even when it is unpopular .”
Davis is nearing the end of her second and final term – a tenure she said she is proud of for several reasons .
In 2016 , Davis started the Young Commission for Women . Both she and members of the commission mentor 15 young ladies from area high schools through service opportuni�es as well as personal and leadership development workshops .
She said she hopes to equip girls with tools to succeed in the city . “ I want our young people to get more knowledge about what ’ s going on in the world ,” Davis noted . “ I want to see how we can mold and shape them to be and do be�er . I want them to see more op�ons for themselves . I want to see them lead and eventually run for office .”
Senior ci�zens are another treasured group for Davis . “ Seniors are very important to me ,” she added . “ I want them to be able to enjoy the city and feel safe and secure when they walk out of the door .”
Davis said she uses events and ini�a�ves to raise awareness about cri�cal issues
cheese and collard greens to fried conch for a li�le Caribbean flair . Jackson management is excited to add the Hard Rock to their roster of loca�ons , which includes the flagship restaurant at 950 NW Third Street in Overtown , and Jackson Soul Food II at 14511 NW 27th Ave . in Opa-Locka .
“ With any business loca�on is key ,” says Ayesha Ingraham , the restaurant chain ’ s director of administra�on and property management . “ Having a loca�on in the stadium has a major impact on sales and gives us the opportunity to direct stadium guests to our other two community loca�ons .”
Gluten-free chicken fingers , wild-caught salmon burgers , grass-fed beef sandwiches , organic juices and smoothies . That ’ s just a sample of what customers can expect to order at Grown , an organic fast-food restaurant owned by former NBA Miami Heat player Ray Allen and his wife , Shannon . Their flagship restaurant is located at 8211 S . Dixie Highway in South Miami , but at the aimed at increasing the quality of life for city residents . Her signature contribu�on is the Miami Gardens Wine and Food Experience , which she established five years ago .
" I wanted to create an event that brought celebri�es and residents together in our city ,” Davis said . “ We ' ve a�racted actors Omari Hardwick and Lamman Rucker , and famous chefs like Marcus Samuelsson . This event is going to grow and con�nue to showcase our city . It is not a fes�val . It is an experience ."
MGWFE is scheduled for November 11 , at 6 p . m . at the Miami Gardens City Hall Roo�op located at 18605 N . W . 27th Avenue . Tickets are $ 85 . Visit www . miami gardenswineandfood . com for more details .
Although Davis is unable able to seek re-elec�on for her council seat because of term limits , she said residents should not be surprised if they see her campaigning for another opportunity to serve their community .
“ I would never call myself a poli�cian ,” Davis shared . “ I am a public servant .”
To learn more about Davis and the Miami Gardens community , log on to www . miamigardens-fl . gov for more information .
Hard Rock Stadium customers will find it in two loca�ons , including the Club Level .
“ We ’ re really excited to bring healthy foods where there aren ’ t always health choices ,” says Shari Franklin , Grown ’ s director of marke�ng .
Franklin maintains that Grown ’ s menu items are all made from scratch , never frozen or cooked in a fryer or microwave .
“ It ’ s something that ’ s really important to us that people are ea�ng not just healthy , but healthful ,” says Franklin .
For both restaurants , the exposure at the stadium is helping to expand their brand , introducing new customers to their menu while keeping their regular customers there happy — and full .
“ There is only one reason why you should eat at Jacksons next �me you are at the stadium ,” said Ingraham . “ We are simply the best soul food restaurant in South Florida . Period .”
18BB AN INDEPENDENT SUPPLEMENT BY MIA MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS GROUP TO THE MIAMI HERALD Profiles in Leadership By Zach Rinkins MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2017 Councilwoman Davis Looks Forward to Continuing Service to Community After Term Ends Councilwoman Davis (center right) poses with participants of a past MGWFE. Davis with Miami Gardens residents. Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis has lived more than 40 years in the area that became Miami Gardens. Both of her children graduated from area schools. She said she has dedicated her personal and professional career to helping build a community where children thrive and eventually lead the city to greater heights. “I’ve always had the heart to help people in a big way,” exclaimed Davis, a former Legacy Miami 25 “Most Influen�al and Prominent Black Women in Business and Leadership” honoree. “I was asked by our current State Representa�ve Barbara Watson (District 107) to consider running for council,” recalled Davis, who said she ini�ally refused Watson’s recommenda�on. “I went to my mom and she encouraged me to serve in a bigger way.” In 2010, the voters of Miami Gardens Residen�al Area Seat 2 elected Davis to represent them on the Miami Gardens City Council. Bordering County Line Road, Area 2 consists of the city’s northern boundary and includes the Andover and Norwood neighborhoods, among others. Her district notwithstanding, Davis envisions herself as an inclusive leader. “I love my district, but my events and ini�a�ves are for the en�re city. It’s about service to the en�re community.” For Davis, leadership is about mee�ng needs and making difficult decisions. “People look at what you do and not what you say,” she said. “You have to be able to make the decision and withstand the heat, even when it is unpopular.” Davis is nearing the end of her second and final term – a tenure she said she is proud of for several reasons. In 2016, Davis started the Young Commission for Women. Both she and members of the commission mentor 15 young ladies from area high schools through service opportuni�es as well as personal and leadership development workshops. She said she hopes to equip girls with tools to succeed in the city. “I want our young people to get more knowledge about what’s going on in the world,” Davis noted. “I want to see how we can mold and shape them to be and do be�er. I want them to see more op�ons for themselves. I want to see them lead and eventually run for office.” Senior ci�zens are another treasured group for Davis. “Seniors are very important to me,” she added. “I want them to be able to enjoy the city and feel safe [X\B[^H[]وH܋'B]\ZYH\\][[[{X{]\Z\H]\[\X]ܚ{X[\Y\˜Z[YY][ܙX\[H]X[]HوYH܈]B\Y[ˈ\Yۘ]\H۝X{[ۈ\BZX[ZH\[[H[^\Y[KXH\X\Y; ]HYX\Y˂H[YܙX]H[][]Y[X{Y\[\Y[]\[\]K8'H]\ZY 8'IݙH{\XYXܜ“X\H\X[[[X[X\[[[\YZHX\\[]Y[ۋ\™][\[ܛ[ۻ[YHœ\H\]K]\H\][ ]\[^\Y[KQёH\Y[Y܈ݙ[X\ LK]  K]HZX[ZH\[]H[[]Y] N Hˈ ][YKX]\H  K\]˛ZX[ZB\[[X[ H܈[ܙH]Z[˂[Y]\\[XHXHYZœKY[X[ۈ܈\[[X]X]\Hق\H[Z]HZY\Y[[B\\YY^HYH\[\ZYۚ[܂[\ܝ[]H\HZ\[][]K'H[]\[^\[H{XX[8'B]\\Y 8'H[HHXX\[ 'BX\[ܙHX]]\[BZX[ZH\[[][]Kۈ˛ZX[ZY\[{ ݈܈[ܙB[ܛX][ۋ\Y][H[Y\ X[ۙY\]\[\HݚXHۂXۈ[[ܛۈY]܈Y][H[ۜ”Y][H[ZX[ZB\[˂܈[[žYX\[܈[[\{]HBY{[ۘ[Y\HX[H][\x&\›[^[YY[H[Y[[[X[B;[ۜ\\HقX[ۙY\]\[˂Xۈ[[ܛۈ\B]\[HY[\Y\X][\\وXۈ[]\Y][B ]܈H]B[ݘ]YY][K\ܙY[XX\ۚH[Y\KX\X\[\H\\[\Yܚ[HXHوY][ ]YK[ZH[^H[\]Xۈ[8%]Y]][ L ܘ[Xx&\\K]]8&\XX[H[YKY^BX[ۈ L[YHHY][x%\\˜Z\[H]\™]\][HܚXX\ۚH[Y\H[\ܙY[YYۘ܂H{[H\XX[; Z\XۈX[Y[Y[\^]YYH\Z\\و{[ۜX[Y\B Y\\]\[]ML\Y][ݙ\ۋ[Xۈ[RH] M LLB ]K[KSK'][H\[\{[ۈ\^K8'H^\^Y\H[ܘZ[KH\]\[Z[&\™\X܈وYZ[\{[ۈ[\BX[Y[Y[ 8'][H{[ۈ[BY][H\HXZ܈[\Xۈ[\[]\\Hܝ[]H\XY][BY\\\[][]B{[ۜ˸'B][YYHX[; [\[ X]Y[[ۈ\\ܘ\YYYY[X\ܙ[XZX\[[Y\ˈ]8&\\B[\Hو]\Y\[^X›ܙ\]ܛۋ[ܙ[X\ Y\]\[ۙYHܛY\HZX[ZBX]^Y\^H[[[\YK[ۋZ\; Y\\]\[\]Y] LH˂^YHY^H[]ZX[ZK]]B\Y][H\Y\[; [][{[ۜ[Y[HX][ 'x&\HX[H^]Y[X[B\H\H\[&][^\X[X\8'H^\\H[[ܛ۸&\™\X܈وX\{[˂[[XZ[Z[]ܛ۸&\Y[B][\\H[XYHHܘ] ]\ޙ[܈Y[HY\܈ZXܛ]K']8&\Y][]8&\X[H[\ܝ[\][H\HX{[\X[K]X[[ 8'H^\[[܈\]\[H^\H]BY][H\[[^[Z\[ [X[]\Y\Z\Y[B[HY\[Z\Y[\\Y\\B\x%[[ '\H\ۛHۙHX\ۈH[H[X]]Xۜ^;[YH[H\H]BY][K8'HZY[ܘZ[K8'H\H[\HB\[\]\[[]ܚYK\[ '