The Alexandria Black History Museum
The Cooking Gene Project with
Culinary Historian Michael Twitty
Saturday, March 23, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 per session
This lecture and discussion is an introductory session for Mr. Twitty’s project which will be followed by a second workshop at the Museum in the spring. The Cooking Gene is an ongoing project by MichaelW. Twitty uncovering his ancestral roots while exploring the food traditions of the American South from which his ancestors came. The Cooking Gene is also a means of talking about how food history and family history impact each other among African American families. In a culture where so much is passed down by word of mouth, The Cooking Gene asks us to record, remember, and revive culinary traditions because they carry memories about the lives and journeys of our families that other areas of traditional genealogical research do not. This is the family history of our kitchen tables, from Africa through slavery to freedom. Michael’s personal journey has taught him valuable lessons that all African Americans can learn from as they use the traditions of the table to scale genealogical walls.
Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street | Alexandria, VA 22314
Reservations Required – Limited Seating