Food & Folklore Presents "America I AM: The African American Imprint"
Eatonville Restaurant will focus on the traveling "America I AM" exhibit, now on display at the National Geographic Society Museum through May 1, 2011, for the next Food & Folklore event on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 PM. Special guests will include Susan Norton, director of the National Geographic Society Museum; and Michael W. Twitty, contributing writer to the "America I AM Pass It Down Cookbook," the culinary companion volume to the traveling exhibit. "American I AM" features artifacts, multimedia, photos and music tracing the indelible imprint African Americans have made on the nation.
Michael W. Twitty contributed two essays for "Pass It Down": An essay on being Jewish and being an African American living history interpreter and culinary historian entitled, "Finding My Way Home," and an essay on the history and legacy of kitchen gardens from slavery to freedom, "Plotting the Past and Future". The essays include recipes for Okra Soup and Antebellum Barbecue sauce (based on a WPA narrative recorded in South Carolina in the 1930s). The "America I AM Pass It Down Cookbook", a collection of recipes, wisdoms, and stories of triumphs in the kitchen, is edited by New York Times bestselling author Chef Jeff Henderson, executive chef of Cafe Bellagio in Las Vega; and award-winning journalist and chef Ramin Ganeshram.
Susan Norton was born in Lynchburg, VA and grew up on a tobacco farm near Gladys, VA, a small town with a population of 300 and located a short drive away from the town of Appomattox, where the outcome of the American Civil War still resonates today among its residents. Norton has traveled globally and collaborated with numerous national governments to bring exciting exhibits to National Geographic ranging from China's terra cotta warriors to the Peruvian Ice Maiden.
Eatonville's Executive Chef Garret Fleming invites diners to experience new restaurant features through the Food & Folklore event with a 3-course prix fixe menu:
-- Lobster and Tarragon Chowder
-- Oysters Herbsainte - crispy fried oysters with anisette mornay sauce and creamed collards
-- Carolina Smoked BBQ - with mac and cheese, brioche buns and turnip greens
-- Cherry Short Cake - flaky sweet buttermilk biscuit with tart brandied cherries, fresh cream and basil
$45 per person plus tax and gratuity ($57.60 all-inclusive)
Food & Folklore is a monthly series at Eatonville Restaurant that intertwines storytelling and fabulous food. Food and Folklore is wrapped in the spirit of gifted storyteller and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston's brand of hospitality a generosity with food.
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