‘Taste of Black Austin’ provides window into culture through food

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Several central Texas chefs are preparing to offer up a Taste of Black Austin Tuesday night.

The event, organized by the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, brings together chefs and dishes that help preserve African-American history by exploring the role of farming and food in culture.

Starting at 6 p.m., the chefs will prepare a series of small plates for attendees as they explore a “curated photography exhibition showcasing Austin’s unique food history,” the Chamber writes.

The 11 chefs represent a wide range of culinary tastes and backgrounds, but many have deep connections to Austin’s food scene. Demmerick Johnson, owner of Ladybird’s Austin Kitchen and one of the chefs preparing dishes, cooked up a sample for KXAN Tuesday morning. The meal he made, shrimp and grits, will not be on the menu at the event — instead the home-ground grits will be paired with pork.

Another chef, Nahika Hillery, owner of the new Caribbean-inspired food truck Kreyol Korner in east Austin, said the recipes they’re basing their dishes on for the event are from black Austin chefs in the early 1900s.

They’re putting their own touches on the bites, but the cooks want to connect people to culture through cuisine.

Tickets are still available, starting at $85, for the event happening at the Peached Social House at 6500 North Lamar Boulevard.

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