Howard Conyers, a South Carolina native who moved to New Orleans, is organizing a dinner in NOLA that celebrates two cultures derived from West Africa – the Gullah and Creole. When he moved to NOLA, he realized how similar the food was to what he ate back home. He accredits the similarities to the influence enslaved Africans had on the food we eat today.
Conyers notes some differences in the culture, one being that Creole has additional influences from the French and the Spanish, whereas Gullah “is more purely West African influenced.” He thinks understanding where food really comes from and it’s history is important, especially since most people aren’t aware of the kind of influence enslaved Africans had on Southern cuisine.
He believes that food can help cross culture lines and bring people together.
He’ll have a chance to do just that at his “From the Low Country to the Bayou” dinner on Sept. 4th at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans. Guests will have the opportunity to try a number of dishes, including goat that Nigerian chef Tunde Wey will roast whole. Other dishes include pig, okra, maque choux, cala and boudin.
Learn more about the dinner here.
Currently under construction in the old Rags’ Italian Bistro building is the new Italian restaurant opening in the Lakeview District: Cashio’s Meatball Market.
The family restaurant belongs to Mary Susan Cashio, and is inspired by her grandmother. “My Grandma Angel, her niche is meatballs. So we decided to bring that to Birmingham, a restaurant based around her meatballs,” Cashio told AL.com.
Meatballs won’t be the only thing on the menu. Chicken, sausage, and veggie balls will also be available.
“We’ve got something for everybody on here, with a pretty narrowed-down menu that’s not overwhelming.”
Cashio’s Meatball Market should open around late September or early October. They will serve lunch and dinner M-F, and brunch on Sunday.
Read more here
When I think of how much I love Birmingham, BBQ is an aspect that CANNOT be overlooked! So, how about we take a trip down a saucy, juicy, and just plan southern lane to discover Bham’s best BBQ Joints.
In no particular order (I mean come on, how can we possibly put them in order)…
The Hometown Supermarket brings more than the typical meats, fruits, and vegetables found at your local grocery store. This Birmingham world market sells food from Asia, the Middle East, Central America, West Africa, and other areas. For people who love international food, they may be able to find all of the ingredients to their favorite dishes in the Hometown Supermarket, located on Green Springs Highway.
“About every part imaginable of beef, pork, chicken, and duck is available fresh or frozen, from standard cuts to tongue, feet, and blood…” says Eric Velasco
Get recipes using ingredients from the market and more information here.