The Cooking Gene

06/08/2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Address: 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Michael Twitty is coming to Cliveden! 

Critically acclaimed author, foodways historian, and the first African American winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Book of the Year award, Michael Twitty, will discuss his recent book and the patterns of enslavement connecting Philadelphia, Maryland, and Delaware.

Mr. Twitty is a Judaic studies teacher in Washington, D.C. and has interests in food culture, food history, Jewish cultural issues, African American history and cultural politics. His blog, Afroculinaria, explores food’s role in the development and definition of African American civilization. We’re excited to have Mr. Twitty share his expertise on foodways and culture with us as we continue to explore the Chew family’s connections in Maryland. 
The Cooking Gene will be held in our Carriage House, which is wheelchair accessible. Tickets for this Cliveden Conversation are $8 and can be purchased through the Eventbrite link listed above. Copies of Mr. Twitty’s award-winning book, The Cooking Gene, will be available for purchase on June 8th, courtesy of Big Blue Marble Bookstore. Be sure to purchase yours today!

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  • 02/24/2019 10:00 AM - 02/24/2019 2:00 PM

    Hosted by the Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley 


    Join us to hear Kelley Fanto Deetz, program director of Stratford Hall, VA., draw upon archaeological evidence, cookbooks, plantation records, and folklore to present a nuanced study of the lives of enslaved plantation cooks from colonial times through emancipation and beyond. Dr. Deetz reveals how these men and women were literally “bound to the fire” as they lived and worked in plantation house kitchens. Following the talk, we will sample a host of period food inspired by Dr. Deetz’s book Bound to the Fire: The Story of How Enslaved Cooks Fueled What We Eat Today and then tour one of the region’s best example of Georgian architecture, home to seven generations of the influential Chew family and the site of the bloody Revolutionary Battle of Germantown. The site also has a unique interpretation of the evolution of kitchen life over the last 200 years with both the excavation of a 1767 kitchen dependency juxtaposed with a preserved 1959 kitchen the last Chew inhabitants installed. Dr. Deetz is a visiting assistant professor at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. and Research Associate with the James River Institute for Archaeology. She has designed exhibits and consulted on various films and documentary projects such as the 2016 film, Birth of a Nation.


    • 10:00- 10:30 a.m. Registration, Coffee and Mary Randolph’s period Bread Fritters
    • 10:30-11:30 Talk and Question and Answers
    • 11:30-noon Tasting and Book Signing
    • Noon to 1:00 p.m. Tour of Cliveden, A historic site administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    Tickets are $35 for members of the HFSDV, $40 for non-members and available through the link above. The conversation will take place in the Carriage House, located on the corner of Morton and Cliveden Streets. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the first Cliveden Conversation of 2019!