2018 | FROM FIELD TO TABLE
The 2018 Taste of Black Austin program will trace the influence of food and farming in the preservation of black history and American culture.The evening will commence with an intimate reception on February 20, 2018 at Peached Social House featuring savory eats prepared by some of Austin’s favorite chefs and a curated photography exhibition showcasing Austin's unique food history.
Event tickets are available for $85 and VIP tickets are available for $150, which includes a VIP cooking demonstration preceding the reception.
2017 | EXPLORING THE CULTURAL FOODWAYS OF CENTRAL TEXAS
Taste of Black Austin™ placated palates with delectable dainties and spicy spirits. Select savory Hors d’Oeuvres included peanut soup, biscuits with fresh butter, fruit preserves and cornbread, and spicy Austin jambalaya. Other dishes showcased were honey vegetables, Central Texas chili, fried chicken medallion with corn pudding, and collard greens. Attendees also sampled hoecakes topped with smoked brisket and sweet potato Ancho chili sauce.
Decadent desserts tantalized taste buds: Sock It to Me cake, teacakes, and sweet Texas candies, Divinity and pralines.
Next year’s Taste of Back Austin promises to be even more scrumptious. Make plans to treat yourself. Your taste buds will thank you.
“Food for us has been so much of community,” GABC President and CEO Tam Hawkins said. “Food has been healing for our community, especially when we were transported to this country, we used food as a medium to heal our souls and our aching hearts.”
In addition to food’s cultural import, the night will focus on economic development and challenges to the black community in Austin over the past 150 years. The Black Chamber notes that in 1865 there were 19 black-owned restaurants in Austin, and today that number is not significantly higher.
“What’s at stake is a generation of young people not knowing some of that history and not being able to look at their parents as business owners, as well,” Hawkins said. “So it’s more than just food that’s being lost; it’s really preserving a culture and a legacy financially.” // AUSTIN360