Featuring the food of the esteemed, late food writer and chef, Edna Lewis
As the cultural terroir of the United States has developed over hundreds of years, African Americans have impacted the evolution of regional cuisine and winemaking in our country. Zingerman’s Roadhouse is excited to share the expertise of African American winemakers and culinary masters at our very special 13th Annual African American foodways dinner on January 30th.
For this unique event, we are excited to feature the wines of André Hueston Mack, former Head Sommelier of Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York. Lauded as the Best Young Sommelier in America by the highly regarded Chaine des Rotisseurs, André has become a success in the winemaking industry with his winery in Oregon, Mouton Noir Wines. His passion for educating people on wine will be a highlight for this dinner, when we welcome him to talk about his wines in person.
For the event, our head chef, Bob Bennett, has prepared a warming winter menu from the cookbook of Edna Lewis. The Taste of Country Cooking is considered a classic study in Southern cooking, and even forty years after its publication has continued to be a popular regional cookbook, especially after it was featured on an episode of the TV show Top Chef.
According to John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, “Long before the term came into common parlance, Edna Lewis of Freetown, Virginia, advocated for what we now call farm-to-table cookery. Her lyrical writing and honest palate proved models for the movement that surfed her wake….”
The granddaughter of an emancipated slave, Edna Lewis opened a restaurant in Manhattan in 1949 called Café Nicholson. Her outstanding regional dishes drew in celebrities such as William Faulkner, Marlon Brando, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Gloria Vanderbilt, Marlene Dietrich, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Diana Vreeland.
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to also meet Stephen Satterfield, founder of the International Society of Africans in Wine, and co-founder of Nopalize, a website designed to connect people with the origins of their food. Stephen is also the founder of Whetstone Magazine, a digital publication led by a team of women and people of color, which connects readers with the diversity and ancestry of food. He is a close friend of the Roadhouse family, and an esteemed consultant for our wine list. Stephen’s expertise is as rich as the menu you will enjoy at the dinner!
Stephen says “I’m honored to participate in the forthcoming dinner celebrating just a few of the countless contributions of African Americans in wine and culinary arts. I am particularly thrilled that André Mack, winemaker, designer and preeminent sommelier of his generation will join us and pour wines from his Willamette Valley winery, Mouton Noir.” Cheers! See you there.
Each course will be paired with a wine from André Hueston Mack’s winery, Mouton Noir
Starter: Oyster Stew
Wine Pairing: Knock On Wood Chardonnay
First Course: Smothered Rabbit
with sour milk griddle cake
Wine Pairing: Other People’s Pinot Noir
Main Course: Pan-Braised Short Ribs
with creamed lima beans
Wine Pairing: Horseshoes & Handgrenades
Bread: Ham Biscuits
with jam and pickled watermelon rinds
Wine Pairing: Other People’s Pinot Gris
Dessert: Coconut Layered Cake
Wine Pairing: Bottoms Up Riesling Blend