Through the Eyes of Art: Welcome to the Cookout! A Conversation About Food, Identity, and Pop Culture
Black food writer and culinary historian Michael W. Twitty wrote, “The Old South is a place where people use food to tell themselves who they are, to tell others who they are, and to tell stories about where they've been.” This is a poignant and powerful point; one that asserts the simple and inarguable fact that food is a form of a cultural expression and identity.
From the creation of mouthwatering dishes to how recipes have been passed down through generations, food captures stories of heritage and lineage. In the ingredients chosen and the creative substitutes people use to make up for what they cannot access, food brings to light stories of race, power and (in)justice.
In "Formation," Beyoncé sings "I keep hot sauce in my bag, swag," a cultural reference to her southern roots.
This year’s theme is The Cookout, and through it, we will gather in celebration as we immerse ourselves in programming that explores amazing Soul Food cuisine and spotlights Seattle’s Black-owned food establishments, and commune in reflection as we engage in conversations and activities that dive deeper into issues related to health and wellness, food justice, and access.
Using "Soul Food" both literally and figuratively, Big K.R.I.T reflects on his (lost) youth, his grandmother's cooking, and the loss of closeness and family.
To join us at The Cookout, check out our calendar of events and activities at MoPOP.org/TTEOA. Our programming will include a month-long Healthy Eating Challenge, a cookalong with celebrity chef Danielle Alex, a panel discussion on food justice & Seattle’s food movements, and much, much more.
RSVP where applicable and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to catch all of our activities. We look forward to "seeing" you there, and in the meantime, enjoy our ‘Welcome to the Cookout’ playlist embedded below. Groove to it while you cook, workout, or just relax and think about your family’s favorite dish.