From a Haunted Plate: Becoming an 18th and 19th Century Black Chef - A Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration Event

May 14 to May 14
From: 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
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From a Haunted Plate: Becoming an 18th and 19th Century Black Chef - A Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration Event

Throughout Frederick Douglass’ memoir, My Bondage and My Freedom, he vividly details the interactions that the enslaved had with food and cooking. “The dinner of the slaves consisted of a huge piece of ash cake, and a small piece of pork, or two salt herrings. Not having ovens, nor any suitable cooking utensils, the slaves mixed their meal with a little water, to such thickness that a spoon would stand erect in it; and, after the wood had burned away to coals and ashes, they would place the dough between oak leaves and lay it carefully in the ashes, completely covering it; hence, the bread is called ash cake.” Michael Twitty, culinary historian and author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, discusses how foodways of West and Central Africa melded with those of indigenous people and Europeans. The lecture also examines the cooking techniques, cultural transformations, and flavor principles unique to this blend of Western cuisine by early African American chefs.

Reservations required. Please register at http://www.annapolis.org/

 

This Event is Brought to You By William Paca House and Garden

From a Haunted Plate: Becoming an 18th and 19th Century Black Chef - A Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration Event

The William Paca House & Garden is a National Historic Landmark, restored to its colonial-era splendor by Historic Annapolis, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Annapolis. Take some time to experience the 18th century life of lawyer, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, William Paca, as you browse through his breathtaking home. The House is open for docent-led tours for individuals and groups. Tours take place hourly on the half-hour, last approximately 40 minutes, and encompass two floors of 18th-century history. Walk through the parlor, kitchen, grand foyer and many bedrooms, getting a true sense of what it was like to be a part of the high-society of Annapolis during the 1700s. You can take a self-paced tour of the garden at any time during open hours. After a tour, visit the gift shop and pick up some souvenirs to remember this unique experience. The house and garden can also be rented out by those seeking an historic setting for events such as weddings, meetings, and reunions.