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Interracial feast returns 19th-century chef

Interracial feast returns 19th-century chef Nat Fuller’s legacy to prominence.

Alluette Jones-Smalls, one of Charleston’s leading African-American chefs, doesn’t remember anyone in the community ever talking about Nat Fuller. Julia-Ellen Craft Davis, who serves on the boards of the Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture and the Preservation Society of Charleston, had never come across the man’s name either.

“Even my brother, Alphonso Brown, who does Gullah Tours, had never heard of him,” says Shelia Anderson, one of six essay contest winners invited to a lavish banquet celebrating the 19th-century caterer. “It is amazing. We didn’t know. We didn’t know.”

Fuller, as University of South Carolina professor David Shields discovered when he started poking around newspaper archives in an attempt to document the lively Charleston food scene that unfolded outside of antebellum home kitchens, was an exceptionally accomplished chef. Born into slavery in 1812

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Historic Nat Fuller Dinner menu released


Interesting article on Nat Fuller,
and local Charleston cusine!
-- :) This summer,
I really need to perfect a
nice shrimp pie!-t.b.

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