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From the Caribbean to the Carolinas: Celebrating Our Cooking Roots with Chef Shayla

January 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Just like resistance in Philadelphia, the meals we prepare in our Philly homes are rooted in places and traditions that stretch across rivers and oceans. Chronicling Resistance: The Exhibition celebrates this rootedness with a cooking demonstration and story exchange connecting Southern and Caribbean culinary traditions. Join us at Blackwell Regional Library for this free program featuring plant-based recipes created by Chef Shayla Felton-Dorsey, inspired by the African diaspora, and rooted in the culinary rituals of Black heritage cooking. All ages are welcome! Engage your senses and let the flavors of the diaspora transport you.

Tue., January 24, 2023

3:00 p.m.

Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library

125 S 52nd St.


Chef Shayla is a community-based chef whose purpose aligns with advocacy, education, community, and food.  Shayla is an instructor with the Culinary Literacy Center’s Edible Alphabet program and a caterer and private chef with her own business, Shayla’s Savour, where she teaches and empowers her clients.

Chronicling Resistance: The Exhibition reveals what eight local activists, cultural organizers, and artists unearthed when they dug deeply into the same Philadelphia archives that have historically excluded their voices and perspectives. Through archival items, rare books, oral histories, and original artwork, Chronicling Resistance counters the systemic erasure of Black, Brown, and LGBTQ+ people from the historical record, breaks silences, and uncovers new ways of understanding and enacting resistance. See this dynamic and unique exhibition now through Jan. 31, 2023.

Chronicling Resistance has been generously supported by the Mellon Foundation and The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support and collaboration with the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries.


January 24
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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