Tuesday night I had the pleasure of dining on a bowl of delicious boiled shrimp, corn, and potatoes, prepared by Peachez, while chatting with her about her new endeavours with Peach Plates and her upcoming Fish Fry.
HG: Most people who are familiar with you know you from being heavy in the Houston music industry what inspired you to stop working in the industry and start cooking?
Peachez: I wouldn't say I stopped I just slowed down. The music scene is just not the same anymore. Throwing shows got different. Blogging got different.
HG: You had a blog?
Peachez: I did have a blog. I started blogging with the Hive Society in 2011 back when blogging just started poppin. I did show write ups and mixtape write ups. I had an "Ask" column on Day and a Dream called "Ask Peachez." I used to go to the studios meet up with artists and producers and interview them. I was the main curator. I would search the internet for new artists, books, anything culture related.
I also did a podcast with Brad Gilmore an we would do about 3 shows a week and interview people like DMD, ESG, the wrestler Booker T, Pusher Mania (when he was heavy with SXSW). I know a lot of people through this Podcast. I mean I've done everything. Cooking was also something I've always done so naturally it was my next step, being able to share my food with others.
HG: How did you come up with the concept and menu for Peach Plates?
Peachez: Peach Plates was born last year in April mainly because I liked to cook, I was always cooking, and I was particular about how food was plated. I didn't want to continue posting selfies and plates on my personal page so I created an IG specifically for my food. It would just allow me to show the food and interact with others who talk about food.
HG: What are your future plans for Peach Plates?
Peachez: My goal is to bring a culinary experience that is different than what you would typically get at a restaurant. I want to intertwine the culinary experience with people being able to also interact with each other without having to actually go to a restaurant. I don't want people to be limited to certain portions, or certain plates; I just want to create a different experience.
HG: Do you plan on hosting more cooking events?
Peachez: Yes, I am actively waiting and trying to figure out how to make these events different and appealing. I also want to partner with other chefs to do events and just cater to the culture. I honestly got tired of going to other events and mentally critiquing them so i decided to do one on my own. This is my first solo event. To me throwing an event is just finding a medium or what you want to communicate, so it just makes sense since i'm always in the kitchen.
HG: What should attendees expect at the fish fry?
Peachez: When I thought about doing this event I had a family reunion backyard style in mind. Fried fish is just very easy to eat and allows you to move around and also be active. I also happen to make some really good fried fish. I just want to create a family friendly ambiance that allows you to really just enjoy yourself, mingle and play games. There will be a lot of games there. We'll be setting up the Sega, we'll have dominoes, cards, and the big ass Jenga. I just wanted the concept to be a lot of food around that's simple enough to eat and enjoy while doing other things. The fish fry is going to be a stress free zone. You just can't be mad and eat at the same time.
Make sure to purchase your plate on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fish-shrimp-tickets-35946838963 for Peach Plates Fish Fry. It will be an event you won't want to miss!