September 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Sparkling Sake Mojito featuring Sake, Sparkling Wine, Mint, Lime & Sugar
Rice Wine Old Fashioned featuring Sake, Orange, Maraschino, Bitters & Sugar
Passed Hors d’ Oeuvres
New Orleans Calas (Rice Fritters) with Black-eyed Pea Hummus
Grilled Pineapple & Pickled Okra Skewers
Prints in Clay Palate
Smoked Redfish & Red Rice, Pickled Watermelon Rind Salad, and Sweet Potato Mousse on a Millet Galette
Yassa Ganar-inspired Braised Chicken accompanied by Carolina Short-Grain Rice
Rice Panna Cotta Served in a Peanut Tulip Shell with Fried Plantain
Join us for this unique culinary event celebrating the contributions of African-American culture to Lowcountry cuisine, curated by Dr. Jessica B. Harris. The event features a three-course meal, designed by Dr. Harris, highlighting the cuisine of the African Diaspora. The meal will blend context with cuisine. Commentary by Dr. Harris will present some of the ingredients used by cooks of the mid-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The meal will also include beer, wine, and a specially curated signature cocktail.
In her more than four decades as a journalist, Dr. Harris has written book reviews, theater reviews, travel, feature, and beauty articles too numerous to note. She has lectured on African-American food and culture at numerous institutions throughout the United States and Abroad and has written extensively about the culture of Africa in the Americas, particularly the foodways. In the most recent edition of the Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, author John Mariani cites Harris as the ranking expert on African American Foodways in the United States.
In 2012, Dr. Harris was asked by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to conceptualize and curate the cafeteria of the new museum on the Mall in Washington DC and is a member of the Kitchen Cabinet at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. The Heritage Radio Network sums her up saying, “Doctor Jessica B. Harris damn near knows it all when it comes to African and Caribbean cuisines and culinary history. She’s a living legend”. Harris lives in New York, New Orleans and Martha’s Vineyard.