BRIDGETTE FLAGG, OWNER + HEAD Cook
Head Cook and Owner, Bridgette Flagg is a Chicago-based native hailing from a humble background of compassionate cooks and southern hospitality connoisseurs all of which were dedicated to making sure that each plate that reached the table, reached the soul. As a little girl, Flagg discovered her passion for cooking through vibrant in-kitchen experiences curated by her Grandmother, Beatrice “Bea” Tolliver. Tolliver migrated from “The Delta”, also known as Greenwood, Mississippi. Once in Chicago, her home became the neighborhood hub for huge feasts and great fun-filled company. With an open-door policy, Tolliver became known as “ Bea”, and overtime became Head Cook for Chicago Public Schools.
Throughout the years, Flagg watched both her Grandmother and Mother multi-task in the kitchen; baking and cooking foods that kept them glued to the stove throughout mornings, afternoons, and evenings. At their foot, Harris eventually learned everything there was to know about mixing the proper seasonings with the right amount of soul.
Although compelled to cook for friends and family, Flagg went on to graduate from high school and eventually attended Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. She studied Criminal Justice, and simply felt uninspired. She went back to Chicago for great reason.
As years passed, “Grandma Bea” physically passed away, and Flagg's Mother became ill. During that unprecedented time, Harris decided to “step it up” in the kitchen for Mom, while discovering she had the exact same gift. She was able to create the same tastes that both her Grandmother and Mother created for decades. Post her Mother’s departure, cooking became her connection; a therapeutic process that led Harris to organizing huge dinner parties. Of course, these “parties” were conducted with the same open-door policy that Bea had.
Soon Flagg became known in the community as what Bea was known to in hers: an amazing cook with immeasurable soul. Bridgette started catering small events, and eventually conceptualized Soulè Chicago. Through the support of friends and family, she was encouraged to open her first restaurant.
In 2017, Flagg did just that…
The mission? Cook food with the same amount soul as Bea and Momma did..
shaneka fields, oPERATIONS manager + head baker
As a full-time stay at home wife and mother of two, Shaneka Fields has an infinity for baking while mastering traditional soul food cakes, pies and delicates. Throughout the last 15-years Fields has devoted herself to her family-owned business, primary supporting with general contracting, as well as human resources. As a Chicago native and Metro High School graduate, Fields currently studies real estate and restaurant management, while overseeing the operations management for Soulé.
Dominque ‘free’dom’ Howse, Community + growth manager
Dominque Howse is a Chicago born, Milwaukee-raised award-winning social innovator, intrapreneur, strategist and equity-driven changemaker dedicated to generating social impact through highlighting the relationship between People Power and policy change. Howse holds an Executive MBA from Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University; a M.S. in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from The New School; and a B.A. in Mass Communication from Jackson State University.
With a professional background spanning across the United States and the Global South (Costa Rica, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Kuwait, Uganda...) her highlighted experience includes notable work in both public and private sectors; in education policy and practice; executive leadership; youth development; social entrepreneurship; women's empowerment; print and digital media; marketing and promotions; partnerships; re-entry and juvenile justice; and international community development.
Most recently, as a licensed professional principal (PK-12), Howse served as Deputy Chief of School Culture & Community Innovation during the first CEO-led public school district turnaround in the State of Ohio, which led to an invitation to a national policy conversation at The White House under the Obama Administration.
In April 2018 Howse became Founder and Chief Impact Officer at the Howse of Innovation where she incorporates IDEO’s human-centered design, design strategy and sustainability in efforts to merge people, planet and profit through collaboration consultancy. Post February 2019, through the Howse of Innovation, Howse supports Soulé Chicago through general business services including public relations, organizational management, strategy, marketing and community management services.