Ascender produces first factual series 'Adrian Miller's Soulful Bites'

Culinary series adds more 'Soul' to social media timelines February 2019

Ascender Communications, Inc. proudly presents our first factual series featuring James Beard Award-winning author and lecturer, Adrian Miller, ‘The Soul Food Scholar’ as he shares tasty morsels of stories from the history and evolution of Soul Food–America’s first fusion cuisine.

‘Adrian Miller’s Soulful Bites’ series takes fun, colorful approach to some seriously tasty–and controversial–facts about African American contributions to American cuisine.  features James Beard Award-winning writer, lecturer Adrian Miller, ‘The Soul Food Scholar’ sharing tasty morsels of stories—three minutes of less–that you’ve never heard about food you have probably always loved.

“Black culinary history and stories about the damaging effects of cultural appropriation of black cooking traditions are still not fully in the plain view of most African Americans,” says Senior Producer, Paul Grant.  “More and more is being written every day on the subject. However, mainstream broadcasters are still resistant to invest in any series that explores the subject even with the extensive amount of research and perspective that is being offered by black culinary historians. We hope to that make bits of that history more accessible by presenting engaging short videos (3min max) that could be seen your Facebook or Instagram timeline.”

Adrian Miller’s first book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time was published by the University of North Carolina Press in August 2013. Soul Food won the 2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Reference and Scholarship. His second book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washington’s to the Obama’s was published on President’s Day, February 20, 2017. The President’s Kitchen Cabinet has been nominated for a 2018 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Literary Work–Non-Fiction.”

Adrian recently received the “2018 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame” Award from the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) for his work on African American foodways and he is currently working on Black Smoke, a history of African American barbecue culture.

To follow ‘Adrian Miller’s Soulful Bites’, visit:

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/soulfbites.series

On Instagram: www.instagram.com/soulfulbites.series

Follow Adrian E. Miller” on Facebook: @soulfoodscholar

Visit his website: www.adrianemiller.com


NHTSA 'Older Drivers' Awareness Campaign (2009)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)  launched an educational campaign to help families determine when their aging parents should stop driving.  This video was produced by Ascender Communications in late summer of 2009 and released in early 2010 for  online  distribution and television broadcast through a closed-circuit satellite cable networks targeting schools, public and private medical offices.

‘Should My Father Change His Driving Habits’  (trt: 4:37) | 2009
Producer / Director: Paul Grant
Director of Photography: Sean Simmons
Animation & Video Production: Ascender Communications
Writer: J. Monsalve
Agency: The Media Network, Inc.
Client:  U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA