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“The Cooking Gene” Culinary Tour of Benin/Togo

Early last month, MFAI’s Associate Policy Director Devon Hamilton traveled on a life changing trip to Benin/Togo on a Black chef culinary tour hosted by chef, historian, and author Michael Twitty. This trip, the second of its kind, was organized by Roots to Glory Tours, a travel agency with a mission to connect Black people of the Diaspora back to their roots. The group traveled across the two countries over 10 days exploring how food intersects with the history, spirituality, and identity of very same regions the much group’s ancestors were from. There, they explored ancient kingdoms, toured sustainable farms, partook in various ceremonies and celebrations, and learned how to cook delicious meals with new additions to their ever growing family. We’re excited to say that the preparation of some of these dishes will be used to help pilot a GULFS lesson at Badger Rock Middle School next month! Please follow Michael Twitty and Roots to Glory on Facebook and Instagram to hear more about the journey and keep up with their incredible work.