Food for the Soul: The Influence of African Culture on Modern Cuisine

  • August 7, 2022 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Marlpit Hall

    137 Kings Highway
    Middletown Township, New Jersey 07748
Ticket Price $20.00 This event is now over

What does Soul Food mean to you? It is fascinating to think that the foods we are so familiar with today actually have deep histories. Traditional southern soul food was influenced by the West Africans who were brought here centuries ago. Dispersing to all parts of the colonies and beyond, the influence of traditional West African cuisine and cooking methodology touched everywhere enslaved Africans were placed, passed down through generations. These rich legacies permeated the foods cooked in hearths from New England to Georgia. 

After touring the award-winning exhibit, Beneath the Floorboards: Whispers of the Enslaved at Marlpit Hall, you are invited to attend a talk given by Professor Gilda Rogers, Executive Director of the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, discussing traditional African food culture and how it came to influence the modern soul food of today. You will also have an opportunity to taste several historical recipes recreated by Chef Ada Asghedom of the acclaimed Ada's Gojjo in Asbury Park. The recipes were selected for the traditional West African ingredients and methods of cooking, and give a glimpse into what may have been prepared by the enslaved at Marlpit Hall as a function of their ancestry and community. Finally, a cast of very special lifelong soul food cooks from the African American community will be preparing some of their specialties as well! 

We hope you will join us for this special event! Space is limited, so get your tickets today!

Date & Time

Sun, Aug 7, 2022 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Venue Details

Marlpit Hall

137 Kings Highway
Middletown Township, New Jersey 07748 Marlpit Hall
Monmouth County Historical Association
Monmouth County Historical Association collects, preserves, and interprets its extensive museum, research library, and archival collections that relate to Monmouth County’s history and culture and makes these resources available to the widest possible audience.

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