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Harvesting Heritage: Black Culinary Traditions in the Palmetto State

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Event Date
Sat., May 18 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Doors Open at 6 p.m.

*** Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT! ***

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Rising culinary star, Amethyst Ganaway, renowned artist and storyteller, Natalie Daise, and Columbia Poet Laureate Jennifer Bartell Boykin join the South Carolina State Museum for a special evening exploring how Black women shape the way we eat. 

Guests are invited to:

  • Enjoy a discussion with Amethyst Ganaway and Natalie Daise exploring Black foodways of South Carolina and the importance of Black women as creators and stewards of cultural traditions across generations. 

  • Listen to a poem reading by Columbia Poet Laureate Jennifer Bartell Boykin.

  • Sample hors d'oeuvres prepared by Ganaway featuring fresh takes on South Carolina culinary traditions: 

    • Lowcountry Shrimp Toast with Lillie's of Charleston Hot Sauce

    • Upstate Peach & Pea Salad (Vegetarian)  

    • PeeDee Boiled Peanuts (Vegetarian) (Gluten Free) 

    • Midlands Chicken Bog with Rollen’s RAW Grains Carolina Gold Middlins

    • Tomato Pirloo (Vegetarian) (Gluten Free)

    • Sliders with Peculiar Pig Pulled Pork

    • "The Shining Example," a batch cocktail featuring Backyard Distillery moonshine, by Will Green 

  • Learn more about Amethyst Ganaway and her work as a chef and food writer exploring the stories of our region's culture and cuisine, while centering the history of Black communities using food as protest and liberation

  • Hear Natalie Daise share her experiences as a creative catalyst and ambassador for Gullah culture in a discussion moderated by the State Museum's Curator of African American History and Culture, Dr. Ramon Jackson.

  • See the portrait series, Matriarchs of the Lowcountry, by Daise, exclusively on display at the State Museum during this special evening. The series was recently acquired by the museum and depicts Gullah culinary trailblazers.


Includes activities, food and one drink voucher.

*** SOLD OUT ***

Gen. Public: $50 

Members: $40

About Amethyst Ganaway

Born and raised in North Charleston, Amethyst Ganaway has been featured in the New York Times, Food & Wine, Garden & Gun and more. Specializing in Southern and African American foodways and the foodways of the African Disapora, Ganaway also recently headlined the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. She uses her position as a chef and food writer to tell the stories of the region’s history, culture, art, cuisine, and environment. 

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About Natalie Daise

Natalie Daise is a renowned artist and beloved storyteller, committed to building community connections through sharing art, creativity, and Gullah songs and traditions. She is well-known for her starring role, alongside her husband, Ron Daise, in the popular Nickelodeon series Gullah Gullah Island (1994-2000), and, today, she is celebrated for her vibrant artwork and innovative community engagement. 

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About Will Green

Will Green is a Columbia native. A nearly two decade veteran of the bar industry, he is part owner in two Columbia institutions: WECO Bottle and Biergarten and The Hoot. He also works as a bar/restaurant consultant. 

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About Jennifer Bartell Boykin

Jennifer Bartell Boykin is the Poet Laureate of the City of Columbia. She received an MFA and MLIS from the University of South Carolina. Her debut book of poetry is Traveling Mercy (Finishing Line Press, 2023) and features the Bluefield community, which is in Johnsonville, SC. Her second book Only Believe (The Word Works) won the 2023 Hilary Tham Capital Collection Prize and is forthcoming in 2024. An alumna of Agnes Scott College, Jennifer is an Academy of American Poets Poet Laureate Fellow and has additional fellowships from Callaloo and The Watering Hole. You can reach her online at www.jenniferbartellpoet.com.

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