Free Bean supper series starts Tuesday, Oct. 22

Free Bean Supper series at CUF starts
Tuesday, October 22nd
at 5:30 pm in the Vestry!
Taylor Ashley, a Americorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America is the national service program that works to eliminate poverty). is holding a free Bean Supper series at CUF that will be funded by the McGillicuddy Humanities Center at UMaine, as part of their academic year symposium theme of “Society, Colonization, and Decolonization.”
The five suppers each feature a different cultural identity and bean recipe, including Franco-American bean-hole beans with brown bread, US Southwestern with red & green chiles, Cuban bean chili,
Brazilian black beans, and a final potluck supper to which people will be invited to contribute beans cooked from their own recipes. Each evening will include a brief presentation by a local specialist:
historian, farmer, folklorist, chef, etc., and will touch on the process by which the beans and the recipes arrive in the Americas–the human dimension of beans.
All suppers will be free and open to the public. They are planned to take place on Tuesday evenings, 5:30-7:00 pm, beginning October 22 through November 19. The chefs responsible for the supper will be
Taylor Ashley and Debe Averill, Orono’s famous Maine Market Chef.
Taylor Ashley has a deep interest in beans, and in food justice. He will be driving the “bean trail” this winter, from Maine to Brazil. In addition to helping plan and execute these suppers, he would like to
provide audiences information on his organization, Step Forward Travel, which is organized to introduce people to these issues.
Professor Margo Lukens, Director of the McGillicuddy Humanities Center is grateful to be able to hold the suppers at CUF.