Plants are intimately linked to our cultural identities and food traditions. Plants tell us where we are, and who we are in how we use them to feed ourselves. When we migrate, we carry our culture and cuisine with us. In this virtual series, renowned chefs, culinary historians, and authors from cultures around the world discuss how plants shaped their foodways.
When Europeans and Americans forced involuntary immigration onto Africans, some braided seeds into their hair ensuring a piece of home and tradition would be carried with them, making it evident how inextricable food is from culture. Toni Tipton-Martin will talk about plants and their importance to African American people, and the powerful ties plants have to food and culture.
Participants are invited to join the Conservatory’s free watch party 6-8pm, please select this option when registering. There will be a social hour as well as light refreshments and cash bar.
This class is part of a virtual series titled “Plants, Cuisine and Culture” created in partnership with Chicago Botanic Garden, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden.