Food & Folklore Presents "Gullah"
Eatonville Restaurant's monthly dinner series, "Food & Folklore", presents a Gullah dinner event with guest speaker Charlotte Jenkins!
Charlotte Jenkins, owner and head chef of Gulluah Cuisine in Mount Pleasant South Carolina comes to D.C. this month to team up with Eatonville's new executive chef, Garret Fleming (a Charleston native) to prepare a special dinner for the year's last "Food & Folklore" event!
The Gullah/Geechee people are descendents of enslaved Africans from various ethnic groups of west and central Africa. Brought to the North America and forced to work on the plantations of coastal South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida, Gullah/Geechee people have retained many aspects of their African heritage due to the geographic barriers of the coastal landscape and the strong sense of place and family of Gullah/Geechee community members. (Source: NPS.gov)
Eatonville owner Andy Shallal and Chef Fleming met Chef Jenkins last month on a culinary fact-finding tour of Charleston, SC. Chef Jenkins' cooking has been praised by Southern Living, The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Boston Globe. She was trained at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston.
Charlotte Jenkins is the author of "Gullah Cuisine: By Land and By Sea" (Evening Post Publishing Company), a collection of stories and recipes taken from Charlotte and her husband Frank Jenkins' lives and traditions in and outside their Gullah family kitchens. The book includes reproductions of the vivid paintings of Jonathan Green, and photography by Mic Smith. The narrative for the book was written by Chef Fleming's godfather, William Baldwin. Chef Jenkins will appear at a book signing Saturday, December 18 at 11 AM in conjunction with the exhibit Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Communities through Language at the Anacostia Community Museum.
The menu for the Eatonville's Gullah Food & Folklore is taken straight from Chef Jenkins Gullah cookbook and includes:
Starter: Fish Head Soup
Main: Spicy Okra Pilaf with Rabbit Stew, Collard Greens and Ham Hocks (vegetarian option will be available)
Dessert: Sweet Potato Pie
(hors d'oeuvres will be served prior to dinner)
The price per person for "Food & Folklore" is $45 (plus tax and gratuity). All sales are final. "Food & Folklore" is a monthly series intertwining storytelling and a prix fixe themed menu. It is wrapped in the spirit of gifted storyteller and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston's brand of hospitality – a generosity with food.
2121 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
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