Historian to Speak at the Culinary Institute of America About Black Chefs in 18th and 19th Century America

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Hyde Park, NY – Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes a look at the lives of colonial and antebellum-era African-American cooks during a lecture at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) on Thursday, January 9. "Dining from a Haunted Plate: Becoming an 18th and 19th Century Black Chef," takes place at 2 p.m. in the Danny Kaye Theatre. The public is invited to attend the talk, which is part of the college's Dooley Lecture Series.

Mr. Twitty will show how African food traditions met and melded with each other and with the traditions of indigenous peoples and Western Europe. He explains how the cooking techniques and flavors of West and Central African cuisines were transformed by early African-American chefs into the Western food culture and tradition with which we are familiar.

Michael W. Twitty is a scholar focusing on historic African-American food and folk culture and the culinary traditions of historic Africa and the diaspora. He recently spoke at the MAD3 Symposium in Copenhagen regarding culinary injustice. His television appearances include Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern and the PBS documentary Many Rivers to Cross with Dr. Henry Louis Gates. Twitty's blog, Afroculinaria.com, earned him the honor of "One of Five Food Writers to Watch in 2012," by the Chicago Tribune and "20 Greatest (American) Food Bloggers of All Time" by First We Feast.

The Danny Kaye Theatre is located in the Conrad N. Hilton Library on the CIA campus, on Route 9 in Hyde Park. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Dooley Lecture Series brings food industry leaders, as well as experts on international relations and other interesting luminaries, to The Culinary Institute of America. It is named for Carroll F. Dooley, the first director of the college's food preparation division in 1946. His daughter, Patricia Dooley Fortenbaugh, has been funding the series since its inception in 2002.

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Michael W. Twitty (Photo provided)

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 46,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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