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Flavors of the Afro-Pacific, Ingredients of the Diaspora

When: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM  

Where: Kresge Hall, Room 1515, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Jayson Porter  

Group: Andean Cultures and Histories Working Group (Buffett Institute)

Category: Multicultural & Diversity


Join us for a presentation and discussion of the Afro-Pacific foodways. Chef Rey Guerrero and Dr. Frederick Opie will showcase the cuisine of the Afro-Pacific coast of Colombia, a region with a population that is over 80% Black, while discussing its historically global reach both socially and politically as part of the wider African diaspora. A light lunch of the regional cuisine will be served.

Chef Rey Guerrero specializes in Colombia's Pacific coast cuisine. Since his 2014 appearance on La Prueba, a Colombian cooking show, he has brought wide attention to the area's ingredients. The New York Times called him "Bogotá's ambassador to the recipes of the region." 

Dr. Frederick Opie is a professor of history and foodways at Babson College in Massachusetts. He is the author of Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America and Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882-1923

Co-sponsored by the Center for African American History, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of African American Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese. 

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