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Caribbean fare on menu at Lafcadio Hearn dinner, distinguished chef series

THIBODAUX – Celebrate Caribbean cuisine Thursday, March 11, at the 13th annual Lafcadio Hearn Award Dinner and Distinguished Visiting Chef Series, presented by the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University.

The event will honor Dr. Jessica B. Harris, culinary historian, author, journalist and tenured faculty member at Queens College, City University of New York. Author of eleven critically acclaimed cookbooks documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora, Harris is a renowned lecturer; a prolific contributor to magazines ranging from Essence to German Vogue; and a frequent television guest on such networks as NBC, ABC and the Food Network.

The evening’s dinner will feature dishes created by distinguished visiting chef Dr. Patricia L. Wilson, professor of culinary arts at Johnson and Wales University in Miami, Fla. The menu will include Pumpkin Soup with Sofrito and Cumin-Roasted Garbanzo Beans, Green Banana Escabeche Salad, Pulled Garlic-Roasted Pork with Tamarind Rum Sauce, Puerto Rican Rice with Pigeon Peas, Spicy Callaloo with Peppers and Onions, Rum-Soaked Sponge Cake with Traditional Caramel Flan and Tropical Fruit Sauces.

Wilson has been with Johnson and Wales University’s Miami campus for 10 years. She relocated to Miami from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she was chef and owner of the award-winning Bistro Gambaro. She also hosted a talk radio program, “What’s Cooking with Patricia?” and wrote a weekly food column, “From Soup to Salsa,” for The San Juan Star. During her career, she has made culinary excursions to the People’s Republic of China, the Caribbean, Belize, Nicaragua, South Africa and Singapore.

The award dinner will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by the distinguished visiting chef’s presentation and dinner at 7 p.m., in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Bollinger Memorial Student Union at Nicholls. For ticket information, call (985) 449-7114.

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