Upcoming exhibit at the Culinary Arts Museum to be funded in part by a
grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
The Rhode Island Council for the
Humanities has awarded a grant to Ocean State Learning in support of an
exhibition: “Creative Survival: African American Foodways in Rhode Island.” This will be completed in partnership with the Culinary Arts Museum, and will be
on display in the museum’s temporary gallery for a six month run, beginning in
late September 2011.
The project will trace black food
in slavery, survival and celebration, from the South County slave who created johnnycakes
to current restaurateurs. Featured
in the exhibit will be the oral histories of black church women, restaurant
owners, cooks and chefs, in addition to menus, recipes, photographs and other artifacts. The opening event, taking place on
September 22, 2011, will include a lecture and food tasting. For more details, call 401-598-2805, or
click on the “contact us” link at the bottom of the page to send an email.
Did you know?
The first oyster and alehouse was
opened in Providence, RI by Emmanuel “Manna” Bernoon in 1736. “Manna,” a free African American, later
went on to own his own catering business and a tavern.
-from Jessica B. Harris, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from
Africa to America. New York: Bloomsbury, 2011.