Soothe your soul with cuisine from around the world at Tubman African American Museum fundraiser

Telegraph correspondentJune 20, 2014 

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Leola Burson tries a stuffed mushroom during the 2012 International Taste of Soul.

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Living here in Middle Georgia, most folks have had traditional Southern soul food. But what about Asian soul food, or South American soul food? On Sunday, thanks to the Tubman African American Museum, you can sample those and more.

“From Africa to Asia, South America and beyond, the Tubman African American Museum plans to take you on a culinary journey -- one that will tantalize your taste buds, as well as showcase the multicultural aspect of the museum,” said Nicole Thurston, the museum’s director of sales and marketing. “Several local and ‘celebrity’ chefs will set up tables at the Tubman museum. The idea is to showcase comfort food, or soul food, from various cultures.”

There will be food from Nigeria, Jamaica, Egypt, Spain, Thailand and China, as well as Southern favorites and traditional soul food available to sample.

“Guests can take a culinary journey around the world, as well as view one-of-a-kind pieces of art from the Tubman’s permanent and changing exhibitions,” Thurston said. “What participants can expect at this event is a wider variety of countries represented, as well downtown restaurants getting involved to showcase their cuisines.”

The types of dishes, prepared by local celebrities and restaurants, include Southern soul food dishes, Irish corned beef and cabbage, African fufu and soup, Indian Punjabi chicken, Mediterranean couscous and Caribbean beef patties with jerk chicken.

“It’s such a great way to bridge the cultural divide that seems mysterious to the masses. Food connects people to each other across so many differences. It’s a theme that seems universal and we are always excited to bring people together to break bread,” she said. “It’s a great way to learn about different parts of the world and enjoy a great meal at that same time. Staff and volunteers will be available to share their expertise with guests. We also will have information available about education and outreach opportunities, special events and (museum) membership options.”

The event is what Thurston called a “critical” fundraiser for the museum.

“For those who don’t know, we are facing critical budget cuts from the city. We need as much awareness as possible about the cultural offerings of the museum. ... The Tubman museum is the largest museum in the Southeast dedicated to educating people about the art, history and culture of African Americans. We seek to do this by offering diverse exhibitions, innovative educational programming, cutting edge technology and a host of special events throughout the year,” she said.

The $25 ticket includes a tour of the museum, food, entertainment, a signature International Taste of Soul drink, door prizes and a discount in the gift shop.

“We hope to see everyone come out,” Thurston said. “It’s going to be an absolutely fabulous evening.”

International Taste of Soul

When: 3-5 p.m. June 22

Where: Tubman African American Museum, 340 Walnut St.

Cost: $25

Information: 478-743-8544; www.tubmanmuseum.com

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