A fun story came in from Arden Williams, Program Manager for the Georgia Humanities Council. It turns out that an enthusiasm for American foodways is not the only upshot from the Key Ingredients exhibit:
Danny Williams, Arden’s son, discovered a link to his latest career at the grand opening of the Key Ingredients exhibit in Vidalia, Georgia. Following an introduction to Vidalia’s site director Dusty Gres and her husband, Danny was asked to hop onboard a tugboat and join the Biblia staff down in Savannah! Biblia Inc. provides a variety of tugboat services, and was in the market to hire a first-rate chef for the traveling crew aboard its vessels. Danny has been able to put his cooking skills to good use as he sails from port to port – in fact, the crew has been complaining of weight gain due to Danny’s fabulous meals.
The tugboat is currently nearing Baldhead Island, North Carolina, which was once crawling with pirates. Let’s hope Danny doesn’t get any wise ideas as he helps out with the dredging equipment!
As Arden has said, this story showcases the power of food. The art of cooking can take us on powerful journeys. A familiar scent wafting from the kitchen can transport us back in time – to memories of childhood, and talent in the kitchen can lead us to our future adventures…aboard a tugboat for instance!
Below is a photo of Danny's barge, and of Danny and Arden helping out with the Key Ingredients exhibit.
Do you have any memories of food to share? For example - stories about a recipe that was brought by your ancestors from the Old World, or a vacation made fonder by a special meal? Please feel free to comment on this blog post and tell us about your “food stories” -- the American experience is what MoMS is all about! Thanks MoMS community, we can’t wait to read your contributions – all are welcome!
Thanks to Arden and Danny Williams for this great tale!
-- Roxanne Berschler, SITES, Washington D.C.