3 reasons to check out Taste of Freedom, with food from Bham’s best African-American chefs–Nov. 2


Chef Simone's food. She will be featured at Taste of Freedom.
Shrimp and grits from Simone’s Kitchen ATL. Photo via Facebook.

If there is one thing Birmingham loves, it’s food. On November 2nd, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is showing off soulful culinary creations from the top African-American chefs at Taste of Freedom. Check out what it’s all about.

What is Taste of Freedom?

Food spread at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. There will be similar food at Taste of Freedom.
The food spread in the rotunda at the Civil Rights Institute! Photo submitted.

With Taste of Freedom, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute looks to feature historical soul food made by African-American chefs right here in Birmingham. For example, the event will have gumbo, pulled pork, African beet soup, and much much more!

In addition to the food, Taste of Freedom will have a bar with drinks and a signature cocktail, live entertainment, and a chance to see the new Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow exhibit in a one-of-a-kind setting. Check out all the great features of Taste of Freedom!

1) Try scrumptious dishes from top African-American chefs

Chef Simone at the Cannery Gallery
Chef Simone of Simone’s Kitchen ATL showing off at the Canary Gallery. Photo via Facebook.

Each chef will have a station where attendees will have the opportunity to have a sampling of their foods, small plate-style.

The menu

Pecan cupcakes like these will be at Taste of Freedom.
Pecan Cupcakes by K & J’s Elegant Pastries. Photo via Facebook.
  • Gumbo – Chef Clayton
  • Fried Chicken – Eugene’s
  • Smoked Turkey – 1918 Catering
  • Pulled Pork – 1918 Catering
  • Black Eyed Peas – 1918 Catering
  • African Beet Soup – The Preservery
  • Collard Green Wontons – The Preservery
  • Mac & Cheese – Simone’s Kitchen ATL
  • Candied Yams – Simone’s Kitchen ATL
  • Mini Cornbread Bites – K & J’s Elegant Pastries
  • Mini Pecan Pies – K & J’s Elegant Pastries

2) View the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s new exhibit–all by yourself

Part of the new exhibit at the BCRI.
A part of the Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow exhibit. Photo submitted.

When the BCRI’s new exhibit, Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, opens on Oct. 18th, the exhibit will be packed. However, you can check out the exhibit by yourself at Taste of Freedom.

The immersive exhibit explores the meaning of American citizenship in the national context following the Civil War. Additionally, artifacts will bring the exhibit to life for viewers of all ages.

3) Enjoy music and entertainment

cereUs NeSa, lead vocalist of Cereus & The D.A.M. Band. Photo via Facebook.

Cereus is a singer/songwriter from Birmingham. In addition to her upcoming EP “Vulnerable Goddess,” she has two singles available on Spotify and Apple Music.

During the event, Cereus & The D.A.M. Band will perform their Neo/Funk original pieces.

Where can I buy tickets for Taste of Freedom?

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