|West Palm Beach 125th Birthday Cake sponsored by Palermo's Bakery of Boynton Beach, Florida|
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
West Palm Beach's Mandel Library Lecture & Cooking Demo: Bahamian Settlers to Southern Florida
Black Bahamian settlers to Southern Florida was a lecture presented by Lori J. Durante of the Taste History Culinary Tours on Sunday, February 23, 2020. The program was held at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach for Black History Month and West Palm Beach's 125th anniversary. The lecture featured a Bahamian Conch Salad cooking demo by South Tech Culinary Academy High School of Boynton Beach. The lecture traced the immigration pattern of Bahamians to Southern Florida from Key West, Florida to West Palm Beach beginning in the 1820s.
Black Bahamians contributed immensely to the infrastructure of Southern Florida by providing much needed manual labor for the burgeoning agricultural industry and Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway.
The immigration of the black Bahamians introduced their foodways and foodstuffs to Southern Florida's foodscape.
Thank you to the high school students from South Tech Culinary Academy and Floribbean Seafood for the delicious conch meat. And, much gratitude to Palermo's Bakery of Boynton Beach for the West Palm Beach Birthday Cake.
St. John's Episcopal Church (Lake Worth)
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church (Delray Beach)
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church (West Palm Beach)
Historical Society of Palm Beach County
Library of Congress
South Tech Culinary Academy High School of Boynton Beach
Chief Frank Adderley, West Palm Beach Police Department
Rev. Marcia Beam (Retired, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church)
Mr. Bruce McDonald (Retired, School District of Palm Beach County)
The Darville Family
Mr. Dan Calloway
Mr. Zack Straghn
Chef Winston Williams
Palermo's Bakery of Boynton Beach