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African American Cuisine with Toni Tipton-Martin

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.

Toni Tipton-Martin Toni Tipton-Martin is a culinary journalist and author using cultural heritage and cooking to build community. She is editor in chief of “Cook’s Country by America’s Test Kitchen,” two-time James Beard Award winner for her books on African-American cooking, and recipient of the prestigious Julia Child Award for making a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats and drinks.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can register for these classes?

Organized by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Chicago Botanic Garden, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, registration for these classes is open to anyone.

Do I need to register for all of the classes in the series?

No. While this is a connected series, registration is separate for each individual class. You can register for one class, all classes in the series, or any number in between. Each individual class is $12, $10 for members

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Are these classes virtual?

These are lecture-style classes that registrants will join virtually; however, the Conservatory will host a free watch party for each class for anyone who selects the option during registration. The watch party will include a social hour, light refreshments, and a cash bar. 

Please indicate if you’d like to attend the watch party when registering. Participants are still welcome to enjoy the series from their homes if they prefer.