Tuesday, April 14 Dames Who Read: “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet”
The spring book for DAMES WHO READ has been chosen for its timeliness during this turbulent election season – but all of the politics discussed will center on the kitchen!
THE PRESIDENT’S KITCHEN CABINET: The Story of the African Americans Who have Fed our First Families from the Washingtons to the Obamas.
James Beard award–winning author Adrian Miller vividly tells the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington. Miller brings together the names and words of more than 150 black men and women who played remarkable roles in unforgettable events in the nation’s history.
A treasury of information about historical cooking techniques and equipment, the book surveys the labor of enslaved people during the antebellum period and the gradual opening of employment after Emancipation. Miller highlights how food-related work slowly became professionalized and the important part African Americans played in that process. His chronicle of the daily table in the White House proclaims a fascinating new American story.
Through a happy coincidence of scheduling, we will be treated to a visit – and dinner made especially for us using the book as reference — by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker, of Atlanta, who is a classically trained chef and cookbook author. She graduated with honors from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Paris, France, is a Georgia Grown Executive Chef, and the Culinary Explorer for the Georgia Department of Tourism. (She will have some copies of her books available for purchase, cash only.)
Sparkling and still waters provided; BYO if you prefer alcoholic beverages.
DATE: Tuesday April 14, 6 pm – 8 pm
PRICE: $40 Members, $45 non-members, Purchase tickets here
LOCATION: Dame Stacey Ballis’ home 2819 West Logan Boulevard Chicago
PARKING: Street parking available but limited. Consider taking Public Transportation.
REGISTRATION CLOSES: Friday 4/10 at noon, no refunds after that time