In addition to our other programs, New Winston Museum presents a free monthly Salon Series featuring a broad range of local historians, artists, writers, musicians, crafts-folk and other specialists. Speakers discuss aspects of their work and their process to find interpersonal connections with their work and the broader community. Light refreshments are provided, and guests are welcome to bring brown bag lunches or dinners to the presentations. Unless otherwise noted, NWM programs are free of charge. Donations are encouraged and greatly appreciated.


Upcoming Events 



NWM Winter/Spring 2018 Salon Series
“Foodways to Community” 

How do we express our values through food production, land use, and our culinary traditions, and how do these practices shape our community? This programming series will address these issues and more through panel discussions with a variety of local experts. See below for specific event details. New Winston Museum presents this series in partnership with the Forsyth Community Food Consortium.



  • February 10, 2018, 2:00 pm
    The Cooking Gene” Book Club meeting at Bookmarks.
    We will meet for a book club discussion of Michael Twitty’s book, “The Cooking Gene” in advance of his presentation that will be on February 15. RSVP required: to You will receive a 20% discount from Bookmarks if you purchase the book from them.
    Bookmarks is located at  634 West Fourth Street #110, in downtown Winston-Salem, NC.
  • February 15, 2018, 6:00 pm, at the Old Salem Museums and Gardens Visitors Center
    Michael Twitty: “From a Haunted Plate: Becoming an 18th and 19th Century Black Chef”
    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.


  • March 22 @ 5:30-7:00, location TBD
    Farming and Land Preservation
    How do traditions and policies shape our relationship to land? How does our relationship to land shape our local culture? Through a discussion on farming and land preservation, this panel will explore the Interplay between culture and land use, and consider how to re-instill land and community values that shape and promote a vibrant and healthy culture. 
  • April 19 @ 5:30-7:00, location TBD
    Restaurants, Caterers, and Community Integration
    How have restaurants brought communities together in the past and today? How does food facilitate contact between neighbors and help to integrate newcomers into our city? This panel features restaurant and catering company owners and considers their role in making and re-making our community. Vivián Joiner, co-owner of Sweet Potatoes recalls an earlier era when African-American-owned restaurants downtown catered to factory workers and have recently played a valuable role in returning vibrancy and diversity to Trade Street over the last decade.  Joiner will be on the panel, along with two individuals who have started catering companies in Winston-Salem – a former offender and a resettled refugee. They will speak to the way catering encourages us to reach across barriers and facilitates community integration. 

***More information on this series coming soon!***




. . . More events to be announced soon.

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