Wednesday, February 24, 2010
"CHEF" First Letter Stands For "Culture" "Compassion" and "Company"
I arrived a bit after the start time and they were only a few warm and familiar faces present. I began to question the turn out, but soon those thoughts vanished. Within minutes we all found ourselves snacking on fruits, wheat thins and hummus and socializing. Then the festivities kicked off! Maggie and Aliyah each presented a slide show. The first were photos and facts about a Mali, Africa. The slideshow focused on the people, the food, and their way of life. The photos were raw and proved that a picture speaks a thousand words. The other slideshow focused on facts concerning food, nutrition, African Americans and how the migration to America has influenced many of the flavorful cuisines we have today. "Soul food" being one that immediately comes to mind, but that serves as just one of the many examples.
Soon after we were teased with delicious scents of food, but before we could indulge we had to work for it! The deal? We had to dance first! No one dared to complain. Chances are if you heard the sounds coming from those drums you too couldn’t help but move. It was vibrate, upbeat and soulful if you will. I must confess, I started off with intentions to dance, but I have problems moving my feet and hands at the same time. So while Ms. El, the dance instructor and drum player, made the moves easy to follow, I sort of moved to the side and watched as the energy filled the room. Then it was time to eat!
Posted by Chef Raquel Rivera-Pablo