James Hemings and the Birth of American Haute Cuisine

Join us as we honor the immense culinary contributions of James Hemings, the enslaved chef of Thomas Jefferson who trained in Paris and brought his proficiency in French cooking and a trove of recipes back to Monticello.

Our evening will include a screening of a portion of the documentary film, James Hemings: Ghost in America’s Kitchen, followed by a panel discussion with James Hemings Society Founder Ashbell McElveen and members Therese Nelson, Tonya Hopkins, and Heather Johnston.

Mac & Cheese bites and sparkling wine will be served in commemoration of the enduring legacy of James Hemings.

James Hemings: Ghost in America’s Kitchen is executive produced and written by Ashbell McElveen and directed by Anthony Werhun.

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