(WFXR) — This Sunday, people across the country will be celebrating African American culture — including their cuisine — as part of the annual holiday, Juneteenth.
Juneteenth — also known as Emancipation Day — commemorates the anniversary of June 19, 1865, the day that a Union general arrived in Galveston, Texas, to enforce the emancipation of enslaved Black people, even though President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation more than two years earlier.
In honor of Juneteenth, one of the New River Valley’s favorite chefs, Torrece ‘Chef T’ Gregoire, stopped by the WFXR News Community Kitchen to share the history and traditions behind African American cuisine.
Chef T has been on Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” published her own book, and run multiple restaurants across the country. Most recently, she came in second place on the Food Network’s newest show, “Big Restaurant Bet.”
If you would like to sign up for a Juneteenth cooking class with Chef T, click here. The class will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at 401 S. Main Street in Blacksburg, with tickets costing $85.