Does your ham sandwich have something to say? Quite possibly. Food can be a powerful storytelling tool. Many chefs are like authors, carefully crafting a meal or menu to transform a dining experience into a cultural, historical, or educational adventure. This week on Sidedoor, chef Jerome Grant from the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Maricel Presilla, the first Latin American guest chef at the White House, discuss the story-rich menus that put them in the spotlight. Recorded live at the National Museum of American History’s Food History Weekend.
Before New York City was nicknamed The Big Apple, it could have been called The Big Oyster thanks to Thomas Downing! The dish inspired by Mr. Downing can be tasted at the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Sweet Home Café. Chef Jerome is the man behind the dish. Chef Maricel Presilla is not only a James Beard Award-winning chef, but an author! Her newest book, Peppers of the Americas, is now available. If you loved this episode, make sure you catch next year’s Food History Weekend at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History!