Noted Food Historian to Speak at William Paca House


— Historic Annapolis announces a unique program, which will explore antebellum food sourcing and cookery from the perspective of an African American chef on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the William Paca House and Garden located at 186 Prince George Street in Annapolis.

If you are a foodie or just interested in colonial history, you won’t want to miss “From a Haunted Plate: Becoming an 18th and 19th Century Black Chef,” which will be presented by Michael Twitty, culinary historian and author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South.

Twitty is the creator of, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways— the cultural, social and economic practices that relate to the production and consumption of food. The blog was recently honored with both the readers’ and editors’ choice awards from Saveur as the best food and culture blog.

Twitty is also the first Revolutionary in Residence at Colonial Williamsburg.

In his lecture, Twitty will discuss how foodways of West and Central Africa melded with those of indigenous people and Europeans. He also examines the cooking techniques, cultural transformations, and flavor principles unique to this blend of Western cuisine by early African American chefs.

The costs are $10 for Garden Circle Members and $15 General Admission. Reservations are required and can be made at: or by calling 410-267-7619.