“Reclaiming a Cuisine”: Bryant Terry in the Portland Mercury

Patrick Alan Coleman, Food Editor for the Portland Mercury, had a chance this week to interview Bryant Terry about his work and upcoming Slow Food Portland event.

At 35, Terry has fond memories of growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, with grandparents from rural Mississippi who “practically converted their backyard garden into an urban farm—every bit of space being used to grow food,” he remembers.

Their conversation ranges from Terry’s upbringing, to his later work with youth, to his recent vegan cookbook:

“Veganism is a loaded term for some people,” Terry admits, “but it starts the conversation. […] African American cuisine is vilified by the media and public health officials,” he says. “People need to be reeducated. African Americans need to reclaim the diversity and complexity of their cuisine.”

Make sure to read the article for a sense of where Terry’s coming from (and for a mouth-watering hot sauce recipe). For a real-life taste of his cooking, don’t miss his event next Wednesday, March 18, at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.

When: Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Hosted by: Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
5340 N Interstate Ave.
Portland, OR 97217 (map)
Time: 7 pm
Cost: $8 Slow Food members/non-members
RSVP to: rsvp@slowfoodportland.com; or if you do not have email, call 503-236-4087 Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm only.

Seating is limited to 120 people; reservations are required. There are some tickets available at reduced rates. Contact rsvp@slowfoodportland.com for more information.

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