Nationally known author, speaker, and food historian Michael Twitty, will take audience members on a journey through the practical arts of food sourcing and cookery through the lens of a colonial or antebellum era African-American cook. He will move from lecture to discussion on the ways that traditional West and Central African food traditions met and melded with each other, those of indigenous peoples and Western Europe and then morphed over decades into centuries. Michael discusses the history of the cuisine as an extension of the foodways of Africa in early America with emphasis on the cooking techniques, cultural transformations, and flavor principles unique to this translation of Western cuisine by early African-American chefs. In addition to his incredible knowledge of southern African-American foodways, Mr. Twitty also has connections to Winston-Salem. He has previously visited the area and worked to help develop the collection of African-American seeds at Old Salem Museums and Gardens.
Old Salem Museum and Gardens Visitor Center is located at:
900 Old Salem Rd, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27101
This event will be co-sponsored by the Forsyth County Food Consortium and Triad Cultural Arts, Wake Forest University, and Old Salem Museum & Gardens.