2021 Spring - Cultural Kitchen with Nacala
Cultural Kitchen with Nacala Ayele
Thursdays from 4:30-6:30
April 22nd - May 27th
Cultrual Kitchen is now full! Please check out our other programs
Our cultural backgrounds plus the historical movement of people, resources and foods adds up to what we put on our plates. As we explore cooking techniques and delicious dishes, we will also delve into the history of the ingredients we cook with and the people who first utilized them.
Nacala (she/her) has traveled to Ghana, Kenya, Guatemala, Jamaica, Trinidad, and The Bahamas to gather recipes, meet culinary historians, and gather stories of Black people of the African diaspora through food. She is enamored with the richness of Black foodways; from the creativity of African pre-colonial dishes enjoyed and dishes created in slavery, to the ingenuity used to craft meals using cultural food products brought from Europe. The history of Black folks can be found in the cultural, social, and economic practices relating to the production and consumption of food. She sees how the African diaspora combined indigenous foods from the lands where Africans departed and where they arrived while crossing and surviving the middle passage. Her work is a collection of these food ways woven into interactive experiences.