October 17-20, 2024

Dixon

Shaw-Nae Dixon

Shaw-nae’s House

Shaw-naé M. Dixon wears many hats: Wife, mother, entrepreneur, social change agent, and author. But her anointing of culinary mastery resonates to the delight of the masses and the elite alike in the tri-state area, but most notably in her home borough of Staten Island.

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Shaw-naé M. Dixon wears many hats: Wife, mother, entrepreneur, social change agent, and author. But her anointing of culinary mastery resonates to the delight of the masses and the elite alike in the tri-state area, but most notably in her home borough of Staten Island.

Shaw-naé developed a passion for cooking while bonding with her grandmother in the kitchen and honed her skills from a young age at church and the local soup kitchen. Since those humble beginnings, Shaw-naé has built a cult celebrity following through her mouth-watering entrees that transmute heartwarming, comfort food into a panacea experience that imports blessings and positive vibes with each delicious bite. 

In 2014, Shaw-naé left the NYC Department of Education and her rewarding work with formerly incarcerated students to establish Say Grace. That pre-pandemic catering business gave her prominent exposure as she worked as an on-premise private chef for celebrity entertainers, Major League Baseball (MLB), and the National Basketball Association (NBA) – including the local Brooklyn Nets. After receiving a glowing reception to alchemic creations catering for film, television, commercials, Fortune 100 companies, private chef service, and media appearances, she decided to open Shaw-naé’s House – the only soul food restaurant on Staten Island – in the Stapleton section of the borough in 2021.

Shaw-nae’s House is an intimate dining experience that has received rave reviews from critics and the local community due to its soul-stirring dishes served with love. The chef infuses herbs grown on-site, local produce, and even CBD into her creations. Shaw-nae’s House provides meals for the homeless and is also available for private events and a gathering space for themed affairs like Poetry Night, paint-and-sip programs, and grown-up chess competitions. 

In addition to her culinary talent, Shaw-naé is also an accomplished author. Her new book, Soul Food Therapy: Let’s Get Into This, features original recipes from mouth-watering vegan and soul food and peace of mind. Her first book, Between You & I, is a transformational reflection tool that has the power to change lives by creating a conversation about one’s self and the journey to healing from a difficult and destructive past. She also works one-on-one with individuals to help them on their path to spiritual enlightenment. 

Shaw-naé’s Staten Island heritage runs deep. She is a mom of six and an eighth-generation native of the borough. Her family hails from historic Sandy Ground in Rossville, an enclave established by African Americans that dates back to 1799. The two-and-a-half-acre swath of land was originally purchased in 1828 by John Jackson, the first Black property owner of the borough who became captain of a ferry that ran between the South Shore and Manhattan. That service pre-dates the current shuttle services in the region. Shaw-naé, nee Shaw-naé Mosley, is a direct descendent of Jackson and the granddaughter of the late Lois Agusta Mosely, author of Sandy Ground Memories.

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