Michael W. Twitty, a James Beard Award-winning author, independent scholar, culinary historian and historical interpreter, will be this year’s featured speaker at the Friends of the Center Brunch. His talk is entitled “Kosher Soul and The Cooking Gene.” (See event information below)
The annual fundraiser for the Mittleman Jewish Community Center also will honor new inductees to the Oregon Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. And two high school students will receive the Harry Glickman Scholar Athlete Awards.
Michael prepares, preserves and promotes African-American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora, including its legacy in the food culture of the American South. Michael is a Judaic studies teacher from the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
Michael’s book, The Cooking Gene, won two James Beard Awards in 2018 for Food Writing and Best Book. The book began as The Cooking Gene project in 2011 as Michael’s personal mission to document the connection between food history and family history from Africa to America, from slavery to freedom. The project successfully garnered funding and significant media attention in 2012 to initiate a journey known as The Southern Discomfort Tour.
Following is a Q&A with Michael in anticipation of his Portland appearance:
Follow Michael on Twitter @koshersoul, and meet him at the Friends of the Center Brunch.
FRIENDS OF THE CENTER BRUNCH
WHEN: 10 am, Sunday, March 3
WHERE: MJCC, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland.
TICKETS: $54; or $36 for age 36 and under; ages 12-18 may attend free with reservations. Childcare is available for younger children. Click here for tickets.
For more information, visit oregonjcc.org/about-us/brunch.