February is Black History Month, and one of the ways that Artman celebrated Black History was by serving traditional African American and Southern foods for a week. Hattie Williams, a cook at Artman, helped to plan the week’s menu, which included chicken and dumplings, collard greens, biscuits and gravy, cat fish, cornbread, lima beans, sweet potato pie and more; even peanut butter soup!

Hattie said that all of the residents she talked to enjoyed the food. “They’ll try anything, even if they didn’t have it in their own home,” she said. “If they don’t like it we’ll make them something else, but they’re always willing to give it a try.”

All the cooks at Artman bring a little bit of their own family traditions and recipes to the kitchen on a daily basis. “We always use some of that southern flavor in our food,” Hattie said.  But this week was special, because it focused on their heritage. “Black history is about what our ancestors did for us to get us where we are today. We came along way and we should be very proud of where we are today,” Hattie said.

Hattie views Black History Month as a time for everyone to celebrate, regardless of ancestry. “It’s really about history,” she said. “Whether you’re black or white or any race, we’ve all come so far, and we should all come together and celebrate that.”

What are some of your favorite “Soul food” recipes or restaurants? Do you enjoy trying new and different kinds of food like the Artman residents?

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