Whats your favorite comfort food? Mac-n-cheese? Chicken soup? It may be time to expand your taste buds, and the Tubman African American Museum is here to help. The museums annual International Taste of Soul takes place Sunday afternoon.
The International Taste of Soul is a wonderful fundraiser that brings the community together, said Nicole Thurston, director of sales and marketing at the Tubman. We get to break bread as we break barriers. We bring in different people of different ethnicities and backgrounds and from different parts of the community. Everyone brings a different dish to share with others. People can go through the museum multiple times to try different foods.
A variety of guest chefs will be set up around the museum, encouraging visitors to take their time and explore as they snack.
There are foods from everywhere, including good ole fashioned Southern soul food, and food from all around the world, Thurston said. In fact, thats sort of the point. Every culture has a comfort food of sorts. A lot of times that comfort food is known as peasant food but it tends to be what people love and are famous for. Weve asked people to bring in the comfort food of their region so that we can all learn about the cultures. Do you know what the mashed potatoes of Nigeria are? You will after this!
While the food will undoubtedly steal the show, the point of the event is to celebrate diversity.
We want people to appreciate the ethnic diversity of our community, both at this event and then through the programs that it funds. The funds go to the education programs in the museum like the First Friday Forum, which is an activity for all ages that presents different topics for discussion. Then we have second Saturday storytelling, which provides crafts, stories and a speaker for children. We have the John Oliver Killens Workshop, which is a collaboration between the Tubman and two colleges in town, and works with at-risk third- and fifth-graders. ... Lastly, we have after-school programs that help schools provide fun and educational lessons after school.
This year, there will be 21 chefs representing many parts of the world. Alex Habersham, of the Macon Black Pages, will be cooking what he called Good Old Fashioned Collard Greens. Carl Fambro, with Francars Wings, will be doing hot wings. Rick Jones with the Macon Transit Authority is originally from New Orleans and will be bringing a Cajun turkey with mashed potatoes. Jay Evans from the Red Cross is cooking couscous with dried apricots and pinenuts.
In addition, the ticket price covers signature cocktails from Lemongrass Thai Bistro; and music will provided by Dean Brown and Dub Shak.
Its two hours of good food, good music and good times, Thurston said. The event was a big success last year and we are excited about it again this year.
International Taste of Soul
When: 3-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Tubman African American Museum, 340 Walnut St.