SC Lowcountry food history topic of program

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Connections between African cooking and the cuisine along the South Carolina coast will mark the opening program in a year-long series.

Michael Twitty, a food scholar from Washington, speaks Friday on the connection between African and Gullah cuisine at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens near Charleston. Gullah is the culture of slave descendants along the coast of the Carolinas.

Twitty also cooks Gullah food Friday and Saturday over an open fire at the restored plantation cabins where slaves and their descendants once lived.

Magnolia was founded by the Drayton family on the Ashley River in 1676, six years after the founding of Charleston.

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