Sunday, January 31, 2021

African American foodways virtual talks

There are many upcoming talks - 42 so far - and tapes of talks to celebrate Black History Month. Dolly Johnson (1852-1918), chief cook of the White House kitchen is pictured c1890. She started working for President Benjamin Harrison and stayed on. Andrian Miller will talk about his book The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: African American chefs who have fed the first families. Check out the variety of interesting talks -

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Prison and Slave breads. Bread Seminar and baking by author William Rubel. Join Rubel's Facebook page Bread History and Practice for future topics and details HERE Feb 4 2020. Register HERE TAPE HERE Recipes HERE

Feb 4 Thur 7 The Story of Nathan Green - The First Recorded African American Distiller. “Nearest Green” and Jack Daniel. Mia “Mimi” Evans. Speed Rack Academy HERE [a different talk on Green Feb 17]

Feb 6 Sat 10-10:30 The Story, Plight and Progress of a Black Century Farm in Piedmont Virginia. “Africulture that teach and expound on the contributions of Africans and African Americans.” Michael Carter, Jr of Carter Farms. Louisa County Historical Society HERE

From the Continent to the Americas: Foodways, Culture and Traditions in the African American Family. Gina Paige, Carla Hall, Stephanie Evans, and Daphne Maxwell Reid. Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Fe 6 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Soul Food & Friends – 1 Gullah foods “recipes of the Gullah people past and present “ Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration Fe 9 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Feb 9 Tue 7-8 The Colored Mixologist Club. Founded in 1898 in DC, “The contributions of The Colored Mixologist Club are significant in understanding the contributions of the African American community in food and beverage.” Lauren Paylor. Speed Rack Academy HERE

Feb 10 Wed 7-8:30 African-American Heritage Foodways in early New York. “Before the great migration of the 19th century, the foodways of Blacks native to New York were based on Dutch and Native American culinary traditions as much as they were British or African.” Lavada Nahon. New Castle Historical Society HERE [another talk on Feb 24 about African Americans in Dutch NYC using primary docs]

Feb 10 Wed 8-9 Black Smoke: The History of African American Barbecue. Author Adrian Miller, Dr. Howard Conyers, and pitmasters Ed and Ryan Mitchell and “premiere the debut screening of MOFAD’s original virtual reality short film featuring Jones Bar-B-Q.” MOFAD Museum of Food and Drink, NY $15 HERE

Feb 12 Fri 5 The President’s Kitchen Cabinet. African American chefs who have fed the first families. Andrian Miller. 92Y $20 HERE

Feb 13 Sat 3-5 The Black Family – Food & Tradition: How Africa and Slavery Influence the Food We Eat. Deah Berry Mitchell author of Cornbread and Collard Greens: How West African Cuisine & Slavery Influenced Soul Food. W. Marvin Dulaney Branch of ASALH D/FW $10 HERE

Feb 13 Sat 7pm Colonial Chocolate in the Atlantic World. Dr. Leni Sorenson. A cacao grinding stone was at Stratford Hall, proof that enslaved cooks like Caesar made chocolate for the Lee family. Stratford Hall VA Info and TAPE at bottom of page HERE

Feb 15 Mon 6pm Chef Marcus Samuelsson author of The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food. Culinary Historians of Chicago HERE TAPE HERE

Feb 16 Tue 4 Soul Food & Friends – 2 Gullah foods “recipes of the Gullah people past and present “ Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration HERE

Feb 16 Tue 8-9 Growing Rice: A Migration Story from Seed to Plate. Savona Bailey-McClain, JJ Johnson, Michael Twitty, and rice farmer Nfamara Badjie. MOFAD Museum of Food and Drink, NY $15 HERE

Feb 17 Wed 1-2 North Carolina and the Green Book Published from 1936 to 1966, the travelors guide included restaurants, hotels and more. Families and individual children 10-13. Angela Thorpe. NC Museum of History. HERE

Feb 17 Wed 1-2 George Washington Carver: Inventor, Scientist, Educator. “developed hundreds of products from peanuts, sweet potatoes, and mineral clays; promoted home-canning and the addition of natural fertilizers to improve soil fertility.” Dr. Gary R. Kremer. Linda Hall Library HERE TAPE HERE

Feb 17 Wed 2-3:30 [& 6] African Yam Culture in the Atlantic Region. Dr. Cassandra Stancil Gunkel, Bonnie. Friends Life Care: VigR® HERE

Feb 17 Wed 6-6:45 Full of Flavor with Marcus Samuelsson. Author of The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook. Bloomingdale's HERE

Feb 17 Wed 6-7:30 Philly Soul-Food Scene. Past: Tales of the Southern Table. “geographic origins, agricultural influences, food injustices and culinary achievement” Les Dames d'Escoffier Philadelphia. $10 HERE

Feb 17 Wed 7 Know Your Black History: Tracing the African Diaspora’s Flavors and Techniques. Jackie Summers, Julia Coney, Valerie Erwin, Casandra Rosario. James Beard Foundation HERE

Feb 17 Wed 7:30-9 Black Label: A Very Black Posters & Cocktails. “true history of Black drinking culture in contrast with popular representations of Blackness in alcohol posters over the past 120 years… AJ will mix up some of her favorite cocktails featuring Black-owned alcohol and spirits.” Andra 'AJ' Johnson. Poster House HERE TAPE HERE

Feb 17 Wed 8-9:30 Uncle Nearest: Untold Stories Behind the Whiskey Still. “Nearest Green, taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey in Lynchburg, Tenn.” Fawn Weaver, Garrett Oliver, Shannon Mustipher. MOFAD Museum of Food and Drink, NY $20 HERE [a different talk on Green, Feb 4]

Feb 18 Thur 6-7 James Hemming’s Contributions to American Cuisine. Ashbell Mcelveen founder James Hemings Society. The National Arts Club. Donation HERE

Feb 18 Thur 6-7 Wilton Uncovered: Archaeology Illuminates an Enslaved Community. Talk on the exhibit and “material record of the lives of nearly a century of enslaved families.” Wilton House Museum VA $10 HERE

Feb 18 Thur 6-7 Afrimerican Foodways “will look at similar recipes that exist in the African diaspora and make the connection to similar meals in Africa.” Black Eyed Pea fritters, Acaraje (Brazil), Akara (Nigeria). Deitra Dennis. Afrimerican Culture Initiative Inc HERE TAPE HERE

Feb 19 Fri 1-2:30 Food As Medicine. Talk and demo “that explores health & wellness in the Black community and the importance of heritage practices and food as medicine.” Orrin Williams. Sankofa Living Memories Series. Sweet Water Foundation. HERE

Feb 22 Mon 6 Words From Their Fingers - African American Literature in Food and Beverage. “stories, recipes and experiences.” Alisha Neverson. Speed Rack HERE

Feb 23 Tue 8-9 Coastal Roots: Tracing the Ancestral History of Farming and Cooking in Georgia. Matthew Raiford, Chef Mashama Bailey, Adrian Lipscombe. short film featuring Gilliard Farms. MOFAD Museum of Food and Drink, NY $15 HERE

Feb 24 Wed 1-2 The African Family Experience in Early New Amsterdam. “the history of two African families through primary sources.” Tenement Museum NYC and the African Burial Ground National Monument. HERE [another talk on Feb 10 by Lavada Nahon about African Americans in Dutch NYC]

Feb 24 Wed 2-3:30 [& 6] Peanuts in African American Gardening Culture. Dr. Cassandra Stancil Gunkel, Bonnie. Friends Life Care: VigR® HERE

"The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret" George Washington, Slavery, and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon. Mary V. Thompson. The Redwood Library & Athenæum Feb 24 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Feb 25 Thur 6-7:15 Chef's Choice – A History of Cuisine. “on the history of African-American Southern and Mexican cuisines.” Chef Atzimba Perez, Chef Kristen Harper, Michelle Herndon, Alpana Singh. Color Us Women HERE

Feb 25 Thurs 8-9:30 The Legacy of Food Activism: A Storytelling Event. “African American ancestors paved the way for our modern-day food activism.” Therese Nelson, Chef Omar Tate, Paola Velez, The Common People Poetry Group, Korsha Wilson. MOFAD Museum of Food and Drink, NY HERE

Feb 26 Fri 11-12:30 Soul Food and Civil Rights: History Around the Table. cooking and African-American history. Adrian Miller (author Soul Food; President’s Kitchen Cabinet) & Chef "The Lazy Makoti". U.S. Embassy South Africa HERE TAPE USEmbassySA Facebook live HERE

Feb 26 Fri 7-8:30 Food For The Soul: Celebrating Our African Roots. Rich history of soul food. Chef Ameer Natson. Neptune Township NJ HERE

Feb 27 Sat 11-2 A Taste of Black History- Business in the black community. “role that food has played in our heritage and culture. Listen to current challenges and creative responses.” $20 HERE

Mar 4 Thur 5:30-7 [6 weeks] A Taste of African Heritage with Coleman Library. Series over 6 weeks, recipes upon signing up. Culinary Literacy Center. Free Library of Philadelphia PA HERE

Mar 9 Tue 6:30 Tavern Tastings: African American Foodways. “how recipes, cooking and eating methods, and traditions develop overtime…” Scott Alves Barton. Keeler Tavern Museum and Fraunces Tavern Museum HERE TAPE HERE

Mar 10 Wed 7-8:30 The Queens of New Orleans Creole Cuisine: From Tante Zoe to Leah Chase. “African-American women from the 18th-20th century were major contributors to establishing New Orleans world famous Creole cuisine.” Zella Palmer. The Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses. LA HERE TAPE HERE

Mar 10 Wed 7 Lena Richard and Julia Child: Two Women Who Changed Culinary History. Lena Richard (1892-1950) wrote New Orleans Cook Book, and Julia Child (1912-2004) wrote The French Chef. Paula Johnson, Ashley Rose Young, 2021 Francophonie Celebration. Museum of Work & Culture. RI HERE TAPE HERE /

Mar 18 Thur 6 James Hemings’ Contributions to American Cuisine. While in France with Jefferson he learned French cuisine, blended it with Virginian and was freed at 30. Ashbell Mcelveen. The National Arts Club HERE TAPE HERE

Apr 11 Sun 2 Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington DC . Ashanté M. Reese. CHoW Culinary Historians of DC HERE

Apr 15 Thur 6:30-7:30 An Evening with Adrian Miller, author of Black Smoke. Boston Book Festival $15 HERE

May 13 Thur 8pm Bress ‘n’ Nyam: Gullah Geechee Recipes from a Sixth-Generation Farmer. Author Matthew Raiford with Amy Condon; Dr. Jessica Harris. Politics and Prose HERE TAPE HERE

May 13 Thur 7 Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue, with author and "Soul Food Scholar" Adrian Miller. HFSDV The Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley HERE TAPE HERE

Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery DAACS database for “the Chesapeake, Carolinas, and Caribbean during the Colonial and Ante-Bellum Periods. Analyze and compare archaeological assemblages and architectural plans from different sites at unprecedented levels of detail. ” Monticello HERE


Juneteenth at James Madison's Montpelier, Dr. Leni Sorenson. June 19 5 TAPES available now  HERE and at Monticello HERE

Dr. Leni Sorensen cooked on the stew stove at Jefferson’s Monticello VA Se 29 TAPE HERE

Lavada Nahon talk and hearth cooking on Culinary Traditions & Historic Foodways in Peter Kalm's Travels in America 1749. Cabbage, pumpkin and cornmeal. Crailo State Historic Site Dec TAPE HERE

Stratford Hall series of talks, TAPES at bottom of page HERE

DC Food Roots & Culture: Our Newest Roots Joining the Mother Roots. Africa. Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, Xavier Brown, Dine Diaspora. HumanitiesDC, Humanitini. Nov 10 TAPE HERE

Jubilee, Recipes from 200 years of African American Cooking , Toni Tipton-Martin. Gwinnett County Library GA Sept 6 HERE TAPE HERE

Inside the Jemima Code: The Joy of African American Cooking. Toni Tipton-Martin. Virginia Museum of History & Culture. (previously recorded) TAPE HERE

How Fast Food Became Black Food. Marcia Chatelain author of Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America. Culinary Historians of New York Se 2020 TAPE HERE

Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America. “how McDonald’s pivoted from a mostly suburban brand to one that became a fixture in inner-city communities… complicated relationship among seemingly disparate forces: the federal government, leaders of the freedom struggle, and a fast-food giant.” Marcia Chatelain. American University Library Fe 2021 TAPE HERE

Saying Their Names: Interpreting the Lives of the Enslaved at Historic Sites. Joe McGill (Slave Dwelling Project), Cheyney McKnight (Not your Momma’s History), panel. Apr 8 HERE TAPE HERE

Let's Talk About Slavery in Van Cortlandt Park. Cheyney McKnight. Van Cortlandt plantation NY Je 2021 TAPE HERE

A Day in the Life of an 18th cen. Enslaved Lady's Maid. Cheyney McKnight. For exhibit Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain During the 1700s at The Corning Museum of Glass. NY TAPE HERE

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019. Keisha Blain, Howard Bryant, DaMaris B. Hill, Kathryn Sophia Belle, and David A. Love. Midtown Scholar Bookstore. TAPE HERE

Stories Lived & Told Through African-American Food. Toni Tipton-Martin, Kimberly Prince, Celia Ward-Wallace, Chef Marilyn. Regarding Her. Donation Jan 29 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen. Alexander Smalls Sept 8 HERE TAPE HERE

History in the Kitchen. 3 days. Colonial food & learn on modern stove. Enslaved people. Cooked greens and peanut butter. Age 10- Gunston Hall Oct 17 HERE. TAPE HERE or TAPE HERE

Indigenous and Black Food Relations. Miijim: Food as Relations. Environmental & Urban Change. York University. Canada. Oct 20 HERE TAPES HERE

Intersections of Indigenous and African Foodways. Alex Jimerson, Yusuf Bin-Rella, Chef Sherry Pocknett. Scott Barton. Food Studies Grad Society at NYU Nov 20 HERE TAPE HERE

Tracing My African American Story Through Food. Michael Twitty author of The Cooking Gene. Newton Free Library. June 2021 TAPE HERE

An Archive of Taste: Race and Eating in the Early United States. Dr. Lauren F. Klein. The Library Company of Phila. May 14 TAPE HERE

Sugar Machine: Medical Technologies and Plantation Legacies in the Caribbean Diabetes Epidemic. Dr. Amy Moran-Thomas. LACIS, UW-Madison. Nov 10 HERE TAPE HERE

Food for Freedom: Feeding Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Chef Gail Hinson of the Johnson House Historic Site. HFSDV Historic Foodways of the Delaware Valley. Jan 28 HERE TAPE HERE

Stealing Joy: Finding resilience in Black Holiday traditions. “history and recipes of the African American experience” Kamau Ware, Nicole Taylor. Van Cortlandt Park Alliance Dec 3 HERE TAPE HERE

In Service and Servitude. Explore the lives and experiences of the enslaved and free workers in the Confederate Presidents House. online exhibit HERE

Some blog posts on African Americans. James Hemings, Hercules, Robert Roberts. HERE

Image from Library of Congress. Click to enlarge. Information on Dolly Johnson from White House Historical Association webpage.

©2021 Patricia Bixler Reber
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