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February 21, 2024

SVSU’s ‘A Taste of Soul’ celebrates African American cuisine, culture

Three people sitting at table with plates of food

With a menu full of soul food and collaborations with community members, Saginaw Valley State University’s “A Taste of Soul” will celebrate African American culture during Black History Month.

Now in its 14th year, this Great Lakes Bay culinary celebration will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Marketplace at Doan near SVSU’s Curtiss Hall.

“This event has become a proud tradition at SVSU,” said Mamie Thorns, the university’s associate vice president and chief diversity officer for diversity, equity and inclusion. “Food offers an opportunity to connect with friends and family, and we invite the community to join us in fellowship for a delicious meal.”

As in the past, “A Taste of Soul” features recipes from culinary guests Men of Bethel from Bethel A.M.E. Church in Saginaw as well as SVSU faculty and staff. Among the soul food classics are catfish, black eyed peas, macaroni and cheese and fried okra, as well as peach cobbler and sweet potato pie.

The public is welcome to attend “A Taste of Soul.” The cost is $12.25 per person; SVSU students, faculty and staff may use their meal card. The event is sponsored by SVSU’s Office of Diversity Programs. For more information, call the Office of Diversity Programs at (989) 964-4068.