Plants, Cuisine and Culture Series
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 series, renowned chefs, culinary historians, and authors from cultures around the world discuss how plants shaped their foodways.
Webinars are offered as as synchronous (live) online programs.
Mexican Cuisine with Pati Jinich
Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 7 – 8 pm EDT
Pati Jinich is the Emmy-nominated Mexican host and executive producer of both La Frontera, her PBS Primetime docuseries that reveals untold stories from the US-Mexico border and just aired its second season, and Pati’s Mexican Table, which has brought Mexican flavors into American homes for more than 10 years. A James Beard award-winning chef and former political analyst, Pati has made it her life’s work to build greater understanding between her two home countries: Mexico where she was born and the United States where she currently resides and is raising her family. In addition to her television work, she is a New York Times bestselling author with 3 cookbooks, including her most recent Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets, and has contributed to publications including The New York Times.Learn more and register
Past Webinars in the Series
Native American Cuisine with Sean Sherman
Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 7 – 8 pm EDT
A member of the Oglala Lakota tribe, Sean Sherman is renowned nationally and internationally in the culinary movement of Indigenous foods. Sherman opened The Sioux Chef in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area in 2014 and now operates Owamni by The Sioux Chef, which won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in June 2022. Author of The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Sherman currently serves on the leadership committee of the James Beard Foundation Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans.Learn More
Hawaiian Cuisine with Sheldon Simeon
Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 7 – 8 pm EDT
Sheldon Simeon was born in Hilo, Hawaii, and his culinary journey focuses on showcasing the authentic flavors of his homeland to a global audience. He has competed on “Top Chef,” has been nominated twice for James Beard awards, and is author of Cook Real Hawai’i, which showcases 100 recipes that embody the culturally diverse flavors of the islands. He operates three restaurants in Hawai’i, where his menus reveal a mix of innovative modern cuisine and adherence to tradition.Learn More
Indian Cuisine with Simon Majumdar
Monday, May 8, 2023, 7 – 8 pm EDT
Simon Majumdar is a broadcaster, food writer, speaker, author, and cook who has dedicated the second half of his time on this planet to fulfill his ambition to “Go Everywhere, Eat Everything.” He’s written three books and is the creator, writer, and host of the food history podcast, “Eat My Globe: Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Food.”Learn More
African American Cuisine with Toni Tipton-Martin
Tuesday, July 25, 2023, 7 – 8 pm EDT
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.Learn More and Register
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