Nat Fuller, Charleston’s first top chef
Charleston’s Renaissance Gallery, formerly Nat Turner’s kitchen
Tonight is the celebratory feast! This is from David Shields
, food scholar and historian. Thank you David! “150 years ago Nat Fuller, Charleston’s great chef, held a banquet to mark the end of the Civil War and the beginning of peace. He invited his longstanding white clients, some members of the provisional government, and friends from the city’s African American elite to sit as guests at his table and to learn how to interact respectfully with one another. It was a time of privation–rice rations were dispensed daily by the Union Army agents to Charleston’s 15,000 residents. Yet Fuller’s many contacts in the world of food, including old friends from Washington Market in NYC, supplied him with a bounty of fine ingredients. About 80 people ate at the original. Tonight a similar number will commemorate that dinner in Charleston and Columbia at The Bachelor’s Retreat, in Charleston to remind celebrants of Fuller’s self-possession, his generosity, and his love of the arts of peace.”
Read more from the Post and Courier here
. And the beautiful online resource created for Nat Fuller here
, by the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative, an amazing site. WOW.