To celebrate Black History Month, Soul Food Night, let the students and locals learn more about black history by tasting some of the food from the New Orleans culture, and read about the history of some African or Black Americans. In the Greenwood Student Center on February 10, Student Life handed out a plate of food for $5 a plate and accepted both cash and a Badger Bucks Card.
Soul Food Night, has created the opportunity for Badgers, their families, and the local residents in Ephraim to discover a new culture other than their own. For the past three years, the residents and students could learn more about African and Black American heritage through the multiple pieces of paper that were set on each table, these gave a brief background on the history of several individuals. In response to how she felt about the night, Snow College Student, Greer Garlick said that she really liked learning about the history. “I served my mission in a place that had a lot of African American people and I really like interacting with them, like experiencing their perspectives,” Garlick stated. Students who attended the Soul Food Night, not only had the opportunity to learn more about African and Black Americans on paper, but also to taste the food as well.
Shrimp and Grits, New Orleans Gumbo with sausage and chicken, cornbread, and beignets were all served as part of the meal. For some students Gumbo was their favorite, like it was Garlicks, while others favored different parts of the meal. Dating to the 19 century, Gumbo has been named the state cuisine in Louisiana. However, the word Grits literally means coarse meal and can be made in a variety of ways with salt and butter or even sugar instead of salt. Grits is the state of South Carolina’s cuisine, but has been popular throughout all the southern states. In the 16th century, the French colonists brought beignets to New Orleans when they first settled there. Beignets are typically a square piece of dough that is fried and covered in powdered sugar.
Soul Food Night started at 6 p.m. and offered opportunities for students and the locals to try new food and get involved in Black History Month.