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EatBeat: Soul Food Tasting Showcases Black Winemaker at Spady Heritage Museum in Delray

October 12th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Southern fried goodness: Hushpuppies

Finally, a wine and food tasting in South Florida featuring foods of the South.

The museum in Delray Beach will host its first food and wine event: Soulful Tastings – An Evening of Southern Foods and South African Wines.

Soul food – or Southern cuisine – has largely been overlooked in South Florida at local food and wine events. The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum decided it was time to change that, and introduce the area to a cuisine that grew up in the South and Caribbean, borrowed from slaves who brought flavors from Africa and around the Caribbean to American tables.

The event pays homage to those African-American, Haitian-American and Caribbean-American contributors to the American plate.

A Southern, soul-food menu

The event features the foods of North Carolina native, Chef Scott Thomas of Patio Delray. As docents at the museum were quoted, “North Carolina soul food is everybody’s food.”

Thomas’s special menu includes appetizers of salt-and-pepper catfish nuggets, boneless beef barbecue on a hushpuppy bite, baked and fried mac and cheese, chicken biscuit bites, and sweet potato doughnut holes.

Also featured are wines from Nederburg of South Africa, where a black winemaker is celebrated for his white wines. Samples of Nederburg’s Pinotage, Special Late Harvest,  Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay will be poured.

The ticket price ($25 in advance* or $35 at the door) benefits the programs open to the public at the Spady Museum.

The event will be held at Patio Delray, a restaurant celebrating its 1-year anniversary this month in the former Pineapple Grill location at the foot of the George Bush Boulevard bridge in Delray Beach.

Soulful Tastings

  • When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21
  • Where: Patio Delray, 800 Palm Trail, Delray Beach
  • Cost: $25 in advance, $35 at the door, with discounted tickets available at the museum web site
  • Information and tickets: 561-279-8883, or www.spadymuseum.org

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michelle // Oct 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I had a chance to sample the fried fish, BBQ beef on a hushpuppy bite and the Nederburg Late Harvest. Yum! Chef Scott Thomas did a great job on his hometown food. So looking forward to the evening!

  • 2 Michelle // Oct 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks, Jan; we hope to see you there!

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