Carla Hall Named Consulting Chef at North Star Cafe in New Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Carla Hall

Chef, entrepreneur, and television personality Carla Hall has been name consulting chef, or culinary ambassador, for the North Star Cafe at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is set to open on September 24.

Day to day operations at North Star, a 400-seat cafeteria-style restaurant, will be jointly handled by Restaurant Associates, which runs most of the Smithsonian restaurants, alongside Thompson Hospitality — the largest minority-owned food-service provider in the U.S.

Hall, who hails from Nashville, Tennessee and is currently based in New York City, actually interned at Thompson at the start of culinary career. She recently Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, a Nashville hot chicken joint in Brooklyn, that will officially open on June 17.

“This is so perfect and so important,” Hall tells The Washington Post. “And I was so excited about all the research I had been doing on my own that I wanted to be a part of it.”

Visitors at the North Star Cafe can look forward to a series of themed food stations, with historical context in mind, serving up pan-fried catfish po’ boy, buttermilk fried chicken, a Philadelphia-style pepper pot stew, an oyster bar, and more.