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DON’T MISS: RI Black Heritage Society’s Opening the Oyster

Friday, February 07, 2014


Robb Dimmick, a professional actor from Plymouth State University, will be in Providence next Saturday, February 15, to present “Opening the Oyster” – a lecture on George T. Downing & African American Cuisine in Rhode Island.

In the notice for the event, the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society quoted Jessica B. Harris from High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, explaining the cultural significance of the event:

“In Providence, Rhode Island, Emmanuel ‘Manna’ Bernoon, a free Black, opened the city’s first oyster and ale house in 1736…The state also gives us the story of Charity ‘Duchess’ Quamino…She established a catering business and became known as the best pastry chef in the prosperous [Newport]; her frosted plum cakes were renowned. Bernoon and Quamino are examples of the possibilities of culinary entrepreneurship evidenced by both enslaved and free.”

The event will be taking place at 10am at Old Brick School House (24 Meeting Street Providence, RI) and is open to the public.

Please RSVP to [email protected] or at (401) 421-0606.


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