According to the organizers:
Brooklyn’s Caribbean diaspora covers a vast geographic and cultural range: immigrants from Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana have all settled in Central Brooklyn, maintaining distinct elements of each of their cultures, customs, and values, while also blending them. This long-standing community has created a pan-Caribbean atmosphere in neighborhoods like Crown Heights through a similarly diverse yet blended restaurant culture.
But Central Brooklyn is rapidly gentrifying and many longstanding Caribbean and West Indian residents are moving to other neighborhoods or out of New York all together. How will local restaurants evolve in this changing borough?
Join us at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum for a conversation with Dr. Jessica B. Harris, author and noted scholar of African diaspora cuisines and culinary history, Jack Summers, founder of Jack from Brooklyn, neighborhood experts, and others. Tastings to follow.
- Jessica B. Harris, PhD, professor of English, Queens College/CUNY; author, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, The Africa Cookbook: Tastes of a Continent (moderator)
- Jack Summers, founder, Jack from Brooklyn