The Neighborhood Scoop by Dr. Cynthia L. Toles


Food is a very important and essential aspect of the African-American culture.

Food is served faithfully at family gatherings, wedding receptions, after funerals, baby showers and many other activities.

Having food at functions shows the value of sharing as a part of the African-American heritage.

Food is associated with comfort, having a good time and celebration.

There was a period of time, especially in the South, during which African-American ate food planted in their gardens, raised on farms or purchased at cheap markets. 

Also, because of poverty and large families, African-Americans were forced into cooking food that would serve a large number of people

My mother once told me how they had to stretch food to make a meal. They experimented with spices and herbs to make the food as tasteful as possible.

Through trial and error, many wonderful and delicious recipes were created and passed down generation to generation from my grandmother to my mother to me.

Sunday, April 20, was an event that depicted and demonstrated the value of sharing. Soul Food, a smorgasbord and numerous cuisines lined the tables at “The Taste of Antioch.” 

Each year the Antioch Baptist Church and the ministry of Giving Life Opportunities Beyond Expectation (G.L.O.B.E.) host this tasteful event.

The Taste of Antioch is a time when some of the best cooks, chefs, decorators and servers demonstrated their expertise in an atmosphere of hospitality. 

As one entered the doors of the Family Life Center, extravagant tables and dinner themes are seen throughout the facility.

Families, friends and neighbors can taste of picnic food, desserts, salads, vegetables and all of mama’s cooking recipes.

This year, more than 500 people were in attendance at this wonderful fellowship.

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