Angela Shelf Medearis, aka The Kitchen Diva, has a cool new summer series she’s launching with a Juneteenth lunch on Monday, June 19, at the George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street.
The Juneteenth lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. Monday, followed by a culinary history lecture at 1:30 p.m. from the lively Medearis, a frequent guest on national TV shows who has also been a columnist for the Statesman.
The menu includes African, Caribbean, Texan and Southern dishes, including some dishes adapted from recipes by George Washington Carver.
Medearis will make the Caribbean jerk chicken she made against Bobby Flay on his “Throwdown” show, as well as African jollof rice, George Washington Carver-style marinated field peas with sweet corn, Southern apple cider coleslaw, Juneteenth fruit salad, sweet potato cornbread and apple streusel. There are vegan and gluten-free options.
Lunch will be served continuously from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., but Medearis’ lecture begins at 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance (tickets available through Eventbrite) or $25 at the door
This is a preview of a lunch-and-lecture series that Medearis is starting on Thursday, June 29. You can find out more about the series and Medearis’ other projects at kitchendiva.com.
These events support Medearis’ recent work with the City of Austin Housing Authority to pilot a healthy lifestyle and employment program for low-income parents in Austin. Participants in The Kitchen Diva’s Health Outreach program attend weekly culinary classes to get their food handler’s license, learn how to prep, prepare and serve meals in a professional setting, and receive assistance to secure permanent employment or to attend culinary school, if desired.