History Around the Table: Foodways Talks and Pie Social
Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)
Saturday, February 1, 2014, 1:00-3:00 pm:
Guest lectures featuring Toni Tipton-Martin and Michael W. Twitty
Peace Through Pie Social
Join the French Legation Museum in celebrating Black History Month with an afternoon of African American foodways talks and a Peach Through Pie Social.
Ms. Tipton-Martin is an award-winning food and nutrition journalist using cultural heritage and cooking for social change. Toni will share real-life stories of this country’s invisible African American cooks culled from her rare cookbook collection, cooking classes, and presentations. Toni is the author of an upcoming book, The Jemima Code: 150 Timeless African American Cookbooks and Their Extraordinary Legacy. The Jemima Code also is the title of her blog and a traveling exhibit, featuring larger-than-life images of black cooks at work, that was exhibited in the FLM detached kitchen building last winter. Ms. Tipton-Martin is also a co-founder and president of the board of Foodways Texas, and on the board of Peace Through Pie.
Michael W. Twitty is a recognized culinary historian and scholar focusing on historic African American food, folk culture and culinary traditions. He is a living history interpreter, chef and one of the few international experts of his craft–the reconstruction of early Southern cuisine as prepared by enslaved African American cooks. He has conducted more than 200 classes and workshops, written curricula and educational programs, given lectures and performed cooking demonstrations for the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Carnegie-Mellon, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Library of Congress, the Association for the Study of Food and Society and Oxford University’s Symposium on Food and Cookery.
Austin’s first Peace Through Pie event in 2009 was at the historic Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church. Led by Pastor Steve Manning, Choir Directors Ed and Shirley Collins, and a committee of dedicated pie-o-neers, the gathering generated goodwill while fundraising for the church. The French Legation Museum hopes to help unite our community for an afternoon of great pie and scholarship.
This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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French Legation Museum Programs
We provide family programs, summer camps, food events, concerts, history lectures, and tours- all to celebrate and share the earliest history of Austin.