“In Search of Giants: a bit of theater, good food and an exploration of the history of the Abolition Movement in Michigan”
Dr. Von H. Washington (theatre professional for more than thirty years) and Ali Garrison (mezzo-soprano, direct descendant of Dr. Nathan Thomas, and employee from Zingerman’s early years) present a dramatic scene hatched specially for Zingerman’s 11th Annual African American Foodways Dinner. This theatrical reading will be based on their research for Dr. Washington’s play, In Search of Giants, which is coming to Ann Arbor on Thursday, January 28th at the Arthur Miller Theatre on U of M’s North Campus. Washington and Garrison play two Abolitionists, Henry Bibb and Pamela Thomas, meeting in January 1845 at the Underground Railroad Station in Schoolcraft, Michigan for a kitchen table conversation about food, freedom and human interaction.
Creating a menu traditional of 1844, Chef Alex will set the tone for the scene played out after the meal, helping transport us back 172 years. Dinner will be served family style and as dinner concludes, we will move to another dining room for Dr. Von H. Washington and Ali’s reading.
Family Style Dinner Menu
Sweet Potato Pone Bread and Vermont Crackers
with Tomato Jam
Fried Hominy and Pickled Green Beans
Chicken and Rice Casserole
Pickled Lima Beans and Corn
Rabbit in Milk Gravy
with Flour Jacks
Squash Pie and Sweet Milk
*family style seating / menu subject to change based on availability