Soul-food shindig serves up comfort food with a kick

jkovac@macon.comJune 22, 2014 

They were dishing out soul food Sunday at the Tubman African American Museum.

It was to raise money for the museum and give folks a taste of foods from other cultures.

The International Taste of Soul, it was called. Two hundred or so people showed up for the two-hour shindig.

There were Louisiana praline bars near the front door. Dessert first. Think pecan pie spread on a sliver of graham cracker.

A man in line from Louisiana tried one.

“He wanted to see if they were going to pass the test,” server Virginia Gallamore. “He gave us a thumbs up.”

Down the way, there was honey-cider-braised pork belly over sweet corn mush with barbecue sauce. Someone said it had Spanish-African origins.

Folks milling around in the museum said the food was good. Most of it, though, wasn’t much different from what you’d find on dinner tables in these parts.

There was fried turkey, collard greens, corn bread. Applebee’s supplied fried chicken nuggets.

“All of it is comfort food,” said Pamela Wilson, a retired school teacher from Macon. “It just makes you feel good. If you’re feeling a little down, it’s your medicine. If you need to celebrate, there’s no better food for the celebration. It provides whatever you need.”

There were Cajun potatoes cooked with Cajun spices, “inspired,” said the fellow serving them, by the guy who founded Popeyes.

Over at a table set up by the Ocmulgee Porsche Club there were plates of bratwurst and crackers. “I thought we were gonna get a Porsche,” a guest said, feigning disappointment.

A local art club made seven-cheese pimiento cheese sandwiches.

They were meant to call to mind the picnic scenes of French impressionists: Monet and Manet with mayo.

Soul food, a woman at the table suggested, because it was “from the south of France.”

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