A Curated Dinner by Dr. Jessica Harris
Join us for this amazing culinary event celebrating the contributions of African-American culture to Lowcountry cuisine, curated by Dr. Jessica Harris. The dinner features a three-course meal, historically-informed and designed by Dr. Harris, featuring cuisine of the African Diaspora. This three-course, curated dinner features agricultural products essential to cooks of the mid-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the dinner will blend context with cuisine, mouth-watering delights with historical background. This three-course, curated 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.