B. Smith is the host of B. Smith With Style, a nationally syndicated half-hour lifestyle television seriesthe only lifestyle program hosted by an African-American. Now entering its sixth season, the series currently airs in over 90% of the U.S. and in 22 countries, including Canada, Spain, South Africa, Japan, and throughout Latin America and the Middle East.
Featured on the June 2002 cover of Private Clubs magazine and in the February 2002 issue of Black Enterprise magazine, Smith is the owner of three successful B. Smith restaurants. With locations in New Yorks Times Square theatre district, the scenic Long Island/Hamptons Village of Sag Harbor, and Washington, D.C.s historic Union Station, the B. Smith Restaurant Group was formed in May of 1998 and is currently in the process of expanding.
As a seasoned culinary and lifestyle expert, Smith was honored by Elle Décor magazine as one of Americas 10 most outstanding non-professional chefs in the country. Also the first African-American woman elected to the Board of Trustees of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Smith is a frequent guest on television entertainment shows, Smith has appeared on the Today Show, Extra!, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Inside Edition, Regis and Kathie Lee and many local newscasts around the country.
In 1995, Smith broke ground in the publishing industry. B. Smiths Entertaining and Cooking for Friends (Artisan Press) was the first tabletop entertainment and lifestyle book authored by an African-American. Her second book, published in 1999 by Random House, B. Smith: Rituals and Celebrations was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award, and it was chosen by Food & Wine as one of the best cookbooks of 1999, as well as the American Library Association Black Caucus Literary Award. Smith's Stylewise column is published in Soap Opera Digest and reaches over two million subscribers weekly.
Affordable luxury is the cornerstone of B. Smith's lifestyle and design philosophy. In fall 2000, B. Smith made her debut in the home merchandise arena. B. teamed up with the world's largest designer, manufacturer and distributor of residential wall covering products, Imperial Home Décor Group (IHDG), to launch an eclectic collection of wall coverings. The first book features eight boarders and 15 wall designs, sectioned into four different global design groups. The collection, with a trans-cultural look, has boarders and sidewalls that can easily cross coordinate. The wall covering collection can be found in home design centers, paint and wallpaper retailers and specialty stores throughout the
B. Smiths influence in home style continued to grow with a spring 2001 launch of her first
collection of home furnishings manufactured by Keeco, a San Francisco-based supplier of handcrafted home textiles. The collection, now available exclusively at over 300 Bed Bath & Beyond stores nationwide, offers duvet sets, comforter sets, coverlets, quilts, coordinated sheets, decorative pillows and
window treatments. Fall 2002 launches B.s fourth Vogue Patterns collection, which reflects her
penchant for clothes that are elegant, yet casual and fun. Smith is intimately involved with the
selection of colors and clothes for herself and the guests on B. Smith With Style, and is currently working on additional home-style categories, collections and licensees.
Active in community and the arts, the New York City YWCA recently awarded Smith with its 2002 Legacy Award, recognizing her as a role model for young women. She is a founding board member of the Times Square Business Improvement District, on the board of The Feminist Press and a member of the Metro Manhattan Chapter of the Links. Having appeared in more than 100 radio, print and
television advertisements, she is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Equity and AFTRA.
Smith currently resides in Manhattan and Sag Habor, L.I., with her husband and business partner Dan Gasby, and her step daughter Dana.