Noted chef Jerome Grant to speak in Williamsburg

From by Jonathan Black
Noted chef Jerome Grant to speak in Williamsburg

Washington D.C.-based chef Jerome Grant will lead a discussion about African and Native American foodways on Friday at the Williamsburg Library Theater.

Grant is speaking in the third of four forums the Williamsburg Farmers Market planned this year in honor of its 15th anniversary. The final forum is Sept. 21 at the Stryker Center.

"It's a thank you gift for the community and a way of involving them into the market and making them feel part of our celebration," said Fredrika Teute, a board member of the farmers market.

Grant is the executive chef of the National Museum of African American History and Culture's Sweet Home Cafe, which received a James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant this year. He previously worked at the Mitsitam Café of the National Museum of the American Indian.

With Williamsburg's First Baptist Church sending its bell to the NMAAHC last year to be rung, Teute said Grant's appearance continues to connect the region to the museum.

"So much of our foodways are influenced by African-American traditional culinary and food substances," Teute said. "It seemed to me a great way of making people aware of what they're buying in the market is something that can be traced to African and Native American culture."

Grant will speak at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the library's theater, 515 Scotland St, Williamsburg. The event is free.

On Saturday, he will cook at the farmers market, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon in Merchants Square on Duke of Gloucester Street.

More info: or 757-259-3768.

4 Taps/4 Cities

The Newport News tourism office unveiled a contest called "4 Taps/4 Cities."

From Tuesday to Sept. 4, participants are asked to visit one brewery in Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton and Smithfield. Each brewery will stamp the participant's entry form. Once four stamps are collected, forms can be turned in to the Newport News Visitors Center for a koozie. Completed entries also will be entered into a drawing for four tickets to a guided craft beer tour.

More info: or 757-886-7777.

Pet ham celebrates 115

The Isle of Wight County Museum will celebrate the 115th birthday of what it claims to be the oldest ham in the world from 10:30 noon Saturday.

Activities for the day include cake, "hammy" activities and the kickoff for the pet ham contest. The contest involves participants using an image of P.D. Gwaltney Jr. and taking a photo with him on vacation before submitting it on the website for the Isle of Wight County Museum and Historic Sites or emailing it to Contest entries will be submitted into a drawing for a prize.

More info: or 757-356-1223.

Summer Brewfest

Take your happy hour outdoors from 5-9 p.m. Friday at Norfolk's Summer Brewfest at Town Point Park.

Tickets are $25 and will get you $10 sampling tickets to try 36 beers from across the country. Live entertainment will be provided.

More info: or 757-441-2345.

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