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|B. Smith (Barbara Smith)|
August 24, 1949 |
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Cooking style||Global eclectic with Southern influences; Simple yet elegant|
Smith owns three restaurants with her first restaurant opening in 1986. Her restaurants are located on Restaurant Row in New York and in the village of Sag Harbor on Long Island in New York. Another restaurant, located in the historic Beaux-Arts Union Station in Washington, D.C., closed on September 13, 2013.
Smith’s interest in décor and restaurant design led to the development of her first home collection, which debuted at Bed Bath & Beyond in Spring 2001. The B. Smith with Style Home Collection is the first line from an African-American woman to be sold at the retailer and includes bedding (duvet and comforter sets, coverlets, quilts, coordinated sheets, decorative pillows, window treatments) as well as tabletop, bath ensembles and area rugs, doormats, wall art, candles, bathroom furniture, door mats, and paper products.
She also launched a line of serveware in 2004. In Spring 2007, Smith debuted her first furniture collection with the La-Z-Boy company Clayton Marcus. B. Smith became the face of Betty Crocker Cornbread in 2007.
Smith made two appearances on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - once as a model for Queen Sara's wedding dress and once giving a tour of her restaurant, B. Smith, and making raspberry custard with Fred Rogers and her head chef Henry. During the episode, she handed out a lot of anniversary napkins - in signature orange - and taught kids about the importance of washing hands and excitement of using huge bowls and mixers. She also said her dream was to feed people, which began at an early age when she fed her dolls. Her appearance can be seen at 3:16: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood "Helping" on YouTube and her earlier appearance was recounted by Fred Rogers at mark 2:05.
Smith's half-hour television show, B. Smith With Style, currently airs on weekdays on Bounce TV, featuring home decor and cooking segments.
B. Smith has authored three books concentrating on recipes and presentation. In 1995, she published B. Smith's Entertaining and Cooking for Friends. This was followed by B. Smith's Rituals and Celebrations. Her third book is B. Smith Cooks Southern Style.
Smith has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Donald Anderson. B. is currently married to her business partner, Dan Gasby. They live on Central Park South, where they have a second apartment used as an office. In 2010, Smith and Gasby renewed their vows in Hawaii. Smith and Gasby do not have any biological children but Gasby has a daughter from a previous marriage.
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- B. Smith Closes a Chapter, Elizabeth Harris, The New York Times, April 11, 2010
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