The Story of New Orleans Creole Cooking: The Black Hand in the Pot is a two day conference and workshop. hosted by Dillard University's Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture

On Thursday, April 16, 2015 there will be 8 panelists speaking in Georges Auditorium from 9am-4pm at Dillard University's Georges Auditorium located at 2601 Gentilly Blvd. New Orleans, LA. 70122. This days events are FREE and Open to the Public)

Thursday, April 16, 2015 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Morning Panel: Foodways and Resistance

9:15 am-9:30 am Opening Remarks, Malik Bartholomew (Dillard University) Moderator

9:30 am-9:45 am Uncovering Dillard University’s Culinary Past: 1935-2014
by Zella Palmer, Director of the Dillard University Ray Charles Program

9:45 am- 10:00 am Memory Dishes from Gritsland and Riceland by Dr. Ibrahima Seck, Academic Director of the Whitney Plantation,

10:00 am –10: 15 am From Palm Fronds to Crawfish Bisque by Austin Sonnier, Educator, Master Gardener and Co-owner of Austin’s Gourmet to Go catering company

10:15 am- 10:40 am Q & A

10:40 am-11:00 am Coffee Break (Lagniappe Session with Karen Livers, Live Performance as Rose Nicaud)

11:00 am-11:40 am Reading the West & Central African Presence in the Creole Culinary Repertoire by Keynote Speaker, culinary historian Michael Twitty

11:40 am-12:00 pm Q & A

12:00-1:00 Lunch (Kearny Dining Hall)

Afternoon Panel: Uncovering the Black Hand in the Pot

1:00 pm-1:30 pm (Naming Ceremony for Dr. Rudy Joseph Lombard: The Black Hand in the Pot Lecture Series, Judge Edwin Lombard will give a short acceptance speech)

1:30 pm-1:45 pm Coffee and Water Break

1:45-2:00 pm The Ingenuity of the New Orleans Street Vendor by Barbara Trevigne, New Orleans Creole Historian

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Feeding the Body and Soul - Louisiana Cuisine and its Relationship to Civil Rights Activism by A.P. Tureaud Jr., New Orleans Civil Rights Activist

2:15pm -2:30 pm Before There Was Martha Stewart, There Was Lena Richard by Liz Williams, Director of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Creole Cuisine in Literature by Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy, Dillard University Professor and Creole Historian,

2:45- 4:00 pm Q & A

Closing remarks

On Friday, April 17, 2015, the keynote speaker Michael Twitty will conduct a cooking demo at the Whitney Plantation. Price of admission for Friday's workshop is $30 which includes a group tour, entry to the workshop and transportation from Dillard's campus. You must purchase your tickets prior to the event! Tickets are selling fast. There will only be 30 seats available. 

The Black Hand in the Pot Culinary Workshop: Featuring Michael Twitty

Whitney Plantation
5099 Highway 18,
Wallace, LA 70049

$30.00 per ticket. (Price includes a tour of the Whitney Plantation, entry to Michael Twitty’s culinary workshop in the Whitney Plantation at the detached kitchen and transportation from Dillard University. RSVP…