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We approach the end of a fascinating segment of our culinary heritage tour around our Faemily Table. Beginning with West Africa, we've been exploring the migration patterns of peoples, plants, animals & more, through the Caribbean & the USAmerican South. We arrive now to Philadelphia -- except not the Philly we know today, but old-Philly, US-colonial Philly -- creole Philly.
Food historians Jessica Harris & William Woys Weaver are careful to remind those who forget the past that colonial Philadelphia was a creole city. In the 18th century, Philadelphia was a bustling seaport -- and a center of shipbuilding during the reign of the Triangle Trade, which brought West Africans as slaves to the Americas. This meant that large numbers of Africans & Afro-Caribbeans, both free & enslaved, called Philadelphia Home during this time. As such, flavors & foods from the islands found purchase here, offering the place a distinct & profound creole heritage.
As always, we choose to remember the people, the stories, the struggles, and the ecologies that often lay beyond the historical constructs that so often frame the presented past. Join us please, as we celebrate these stories of Old Philly -- told & untold -- through tastes of the islands that found & married the fertile, undisputed, bread-basket of the 13 colonies, and a city that has always carried a fondness for most things French.