Michael W. Twitty, African-American-Jewish culinary writer, historian and living-history interpreter, will present special cooking demonstrations during “By the Sweat of Our Brows,” a look at the African-American journey from enslavement to the 21st century.
The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 8 at Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. Twitty’s demonstrations will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Plantation kitchen.
Twitty became interested in culinary history after a childhood visit to Colonial Williamsburg. “I liked how they recreated history,” he said. “When you cook, you’re not just throwing something together – it’s an art. There’s an incredible body of knowledge.”
Twitty’s cooking demonstration will include barbeque pork, chicken, rabbit and other foods indigenous to York County around 1860.
Twitty will present an informal discussion tracing his journey to uncover his ancestry at 3:15 p.m. Twitty’s father’s parents were migrants from south-central Virginia and the South Carolina upcountry.
“Visiting places of culinary memory where slavery meets food” are part of his current Southern Discomfort Tour and scholarly research.