The Southern Discomfort Tour will lead us through the places my ancestors were enslaved as well as places of cultural memory related to slavery and the development and history of Southern cuisine. We are blogging and taking photos and video the entire way to document our journey and the historical narrative we uncover. I’m cooking and demonstrating historic foodways the entire way.
Update: If you have not read our FAQ’s please do so! We launched! http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Cooking-Gene-Project-The-Southern-Discomfort-Tour We are counting on YOU readers to spread the word and get the word out to everybody you know through Facebook, Twitter, email and text. Please consider donating a few bucks or more to our project to see it off the ground.
Update: If you can in any way contribute to our project through research, suggestions, media resources and connections we would GREATLY appreciated. Please see the list below for the 21 ways you can help us achieve a rich and meaningful journey for all of us as we explore the culinary past!
Right now this route is pretty set in stone–but we are looking to connect and partner with different people and places in the following areas of our journey:
From Maryland to Louisiana and back–taking two separate routes. —-We will be visiting Baltimore, AnnapolisMD, Washington, D.C., Alexandria VA, Southern Maryland, Richmond VA, Petersburg VA, Farmville VA, Appomattox VA, Lynchburg, VA, Winston-Salem NC, Charlotte NC, Lancaster SC, Columbia SC, Redcliffe State Park SC, Augusta GA, Athens GA, Atlanta GA, Anniston AL, Birmingham AL, Tuscaloosa AL, Huntsville AL, Nashville TN, Memphis TN, Oxford MS, Jackson MS, Vicksburg MS, Natchez MS, Donaldsonville LA, New Orleans LA, Baton Rouge LA, Lafayette LA, Biloxi MS, Mobile AL, Montgomery AL, Russell County AL, Columbus GA, Jacksonville FL, Savannah GA, Daufuskie Island SC, Charleston SC, Georgetown SC, Wilmington NC, Raleigh-Durham NC, Halifax NC, Creswell, NC, Hampton Roads (Surry County, Williamsburg, Jamestown and Norfolk VA), Dorchester County MD, Easton MD—-
We need your help if you are:
1. Historical Societies in the counties in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama that we visit.
2. Genealogists (We have an Adopt an Ancestor program!)
3. State Departments of Agriculture
4. State Departments of Tourism.
5. Museums and Cultural Sites from the Colonial and Antebellum Period, or related to African American or State history. (We are looking for opportunities to speak for a small honorarium to further support our efforts and the return home.)
6. Zoos and Aquariums
7. Houses of Worship
8. Organizations that promote Local Food/Sustainability/Local Food Systems
9. Open to hosting guests! (We LOVE old couches!!!)
10. African American Farmers
11. Family Reunions
12. Chapters of Slow Food
13. Civil Rights and Slavery Museums
14. Local Radio/TV/Newspaper
15. Local Food Bloggers
16. Farmer’s Markets
17. Chefs and Restaurateurs
18. Descendants of Our Family’s Owners—Surnames: (South Carolina) Twitty, Reaves/Reeves, Mungo, Pate, Haines. (Virginia) Todd, Booker, Saunders, Mitchell, Branch, Bowen. (North Carolina)–Merritt, Shadwick, Bellamy,Bowen. (Alabama) Bellamy, Hancock, Hughes, Townsend. (Tennessee) Townsend.
19. People Related to Me
20. Farm to Table Restaurants
21. Professors, Academics and like-minded Community Activists….