Mashama Bailey & John O. Morisano


Black, White, and The Grey is a story about the mission, trials, and triumphs of two individuals with seemingly little in common—a Black woman chef from Queens, New York, and a White media entrepreneur from Staten Island—who partnered up, relocated to the South, and built a relationship and a restaurant they knew would get people talking about race, gender, class, and culture.

Bailey and Morisano take turns telling how they went from tentative business partners to dear friends as they turned a dilapidated formerly segregated Greyhound bus station into one of the most celebrated restaurants in the country. They recount their troubling and joyous times, disclosing how they came to understand their differences, recognize their biases, continuously challenge themselves and each other to be better, and always keep talking. Through it all, they display the vulnerability, humor, and humanity that anchor their relationship, showing how two citizens commit to playing a part in advancing equality through their own relationship and business against a backdrop of racism and inequality. In celebration of the food and drinks that bring people together, a recipe caps each chapter, peppering the narrative with food that’s important to Bailey, Morisano, and their story.


Mashama Bailey, executive chef and partner at The Grey and The Grey Market, also chairs the board of the Edna Lewis Foundation. She has been the subject of stories in USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, Ebony, Bon Appétit, Cherry Bombe, Garden & Gun, and Cosmopolitan; has starred in an episode of Chef’s Table; and has won the James Beard Award for Best Chef (Southeast).

John O. Morisano, previously a media-startup entrepreneur, is the founding partner at The Grey and The Grey Market. Morisano oversaw the painstaking restoration of the dilapidated Greyhound bus station and directs the business operations. He has helped reshape and expand the mission of the Edna Lewis Foundation and serves as a board member and the treasurer.