New Orleans, LA

Lena Richard will share groundbreaking stories behind New Orleans cuisine

Ashley Lideau

New Orleans, LA – As part of the progressive Cooking Up History Summer Series, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and the Smithsonian Associates invited Lena Richard to share her point of view as a New Orleans chef.

Lena Richard's New Orleans Cook Book: A Groundbreaking Story of Innovation and Resilience will present a chronicle of American culture from a food point of view. Throughout the session, you will enjoy live cooking by the chef while acquiring knowledge about each component's historical background, customs, how to cook, and pleasure.

Richard is a legendary black cook and businesswoman from New Orleans, who is also actively participated in standing up to injustice for black women, particularly in American food culture involvement. Her New Orleans Cook Book, self-published in 1939, has named her as a pioneer for black writers in the category of Creole cookbooks.

The event also features chef Dee Lavigne, director of Culinary Programming at SoFAB. She will serve a traditional Creole meal and narrate Richard's story from "The Only One in the Room: Women Achievers in Business and the Cost of Success," in the American History Museum's exhibition American Enterprise.

You can join the program from home by buying the ticket online on the Smithsonian Associates Website. The cooking event will start on Thursday, August 5 from 6:45 p.m to 8:15 p.m Eastern or 5:45 p.m to 7:15 p.m Central.
The cost for each person is $20.00.

After registering, you will be given a Zoom link email. Any changes related to the event will be informed later by email.

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