A Taste of Soul Food


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-Noah Connors

Fitchburg State wrapped up it’s celebration of Black History Month last Thursday, with a visit from Chef Tonya D. The event was centered around soul food, an ethnic cuisine that is a large part of African American culture. The tradition of soul food has its roots in the rural South, but has become a staple in many parts of the country.  

Chef Tonya D. prepared some classic soul food for the students and faculty of Fitchburg State University. The event was held in the Falcon Hub in Hammond Hall, where attendees could walk in and out easily.  Tonya is a chef from North Carolina, and has great experience in the preparation of soul food. The food was laid out buffet style on a table, and people were being served as they moved along. Attendees were served their food in a to go box. The meal consisted mainly of seasoned chicken wings and pork chops, complemented by rice with gravy. There were many other dishes to choose from, such as cooked green beans and potatoes, alongside cabbage and cornbread. To finish off the meal, event goers could grab a piece of cake or a glass of fruit punch.   

While people went through the buffet, there was a video playing on the projector, which was made by performance activist and Miss Massachusetts USA 2020, Sabrina K. Victor. The video had many different aspects, as it touched on many topics regarding Black History Month. Victor’s video included music, as well as cultural readings and storytellings. Victor used her experience in performance activism to display her message. She sang things such as, “Amazing Grace”, and recited lines from a few culturally relevant readings.

The visit from Chef Tonya D. marked the final event in Fitchburg State’s celebration of the 45th official Black History month. The University filled the month with many events that paid tribute to Black history and culture.