Jordan Meinster, Masters of the Saint Soleil School, & Self-Taught Artists of the West Indies, Latin America, & the African Diaspora

Jordan Meinster, Masters of the Saint Soleil School, & Self-Taught Artists of the West Indies, Latin America, & the African Diaspora

Featuring some of the best known Haitian artists of the 1980s and 1990s. (Above, “Jesus in the Garden of Eden” by Fortuné Gérard, 1988.) OPENING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 PW SHORT 5:00-7:00pm 414 Whitaker Street Savannah, Georgia I first began collecting folk art in the late 1970s when I lived in the Caribbean, where I found striking cultural similarities between the local foods and customs there and those of the Lowcountry where I...

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25 years of utter joy

July 28, 2018: Celebrating 25 years with Mikel Lane Herrington, my truly better half. This is where it all began. My friend Adele was visiting from New York, coming to town for the Spoleto Festival, which Gian Carlo Menotti had dubbed “The Festival of Joy” that year — joyous for him, probably, because he had rid the festival of his detractors and adversaries, and because the unfinished one-act opera of the 83-year-old...

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Almond Ice Cream

July 5, 2018; Savannah, GA: When my “son” Scot Hinson said that he was going to bring a peach pie to our 4th of July festivities, I was reminded of how closely related peaches are to almonds, and how the interior of the peach pit, though slightly poisonous, has an intensely almond flavor. Following historical recipes, I use those little nutty nuggets in my peach ice cream. Mikel, my husband, has taken to using almond milk on his...

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The Best Oyster Knife I Have Ever Used

The Best Oyster Knife I Have Ever Used

The Best Oyster Knife I Have Ever Used While vacationing in the Languedoc, in southern France, in November 2014, I found myself again and again eating the delicious local oysters. In Carcassonne in the great gourmand épicerie, La Ferme,  I purchased one of these knives because it was not only “the best” that they had, but the one that felt right in my hand. (You can read about my vacation here.) The knife is made from nickel-free surgical...

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