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Renowned Chef and Historian Coming to Cleveland Dec. 1

Chris Mosby, December 1, 2016
CLEVELAND, OH - The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Case Western Reserve's Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities are bringing in renowned chef and culinary historian Michael Twitty on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Twitty is a food writer and a scholar with special interests in African American history, Jewish culture and cultural politics, he will examine the emerging topic of culinary justice - the idea that historically oppressed peoples have a right to authority, sovereignty, prosperity and acknowledgment for their contribution to national and global foodways. Attendees can join in a lively discussion of how the preparation of food unites and divides narratives and how food can be used for good.

"Food has been a constant source for new development throughout our human history, shaping how we have grown and changed over time as a species and as a network of cultures in society. We are honored to have Michael Twitty join us for an educational dialogue that will address the sensitive issues of cultural identity and the ways food have helped to mold those cultural identities," said Dr. Evalyn Gates, executive director and CEO of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Admission fees are $10 for Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Maltz Museum Members; $12 for non-members; $6 for students and educators. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office at 216-231-1177 during operating hours. Students/teachers can get tickets by calling the Box Office. Maltz Museum Members can call the Box Office or register online at

"Black, Jewish and gay, Michael Twitty has been called the living embodiment of a cultural bridge," says Maltz Museum Director of Education & Public Programs, something he believes fits in perfectly with the Museum's work to promote an appreciation of Jewish heritage and the diversity of the human experience. "We're excited to hear him challenge culinary appropriation and explore identity and tradition through food."

Photos from Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Maltz Museum