Affrilachian Dinner at Langston Center with Chef T of Union 41

The Heritage Alliance is excited to host Chef Torrece Gregoire (Chef T) of Union 41 restaurant at the Langston Centre on Tuesday, September 19th for a special Affrilachian Dinner as a part of the Taste of Tennessee Festival. The Taste of Tennessee is a weeklong event throughout northeast Tennessee that will highlight Appalachian foodways. Tickets for the Affrilachian Dinner can be purchased through the Town of Jonesborough’s ticketing website at You can also call 423-753-1010 to reserve tickets.


Chef T is a private chef, culinary artist, entrepreneur, and TV personality. In addition to always cooking up a storm, she has appeared on Hell’s Kitchen twice and Food Network’s Big Restaurant Bet. She is currently a chef at Union 41 restaurant in Bristol, VA. At a special dinner catered by Taste Budz at the Langston Centre in Johnson City, she will talk about the connections between African cuisine and Appalachian cuisine as well as her personal journey through the food world. Funds from the Affrilachian Dinner will help support the educational programs of the Heritage Alliance, like the Oak Hill School Heritage Education program, local history tours, and much more.



The Taste of Tennessee Festival takes place from September 17th – 24th with events occurring throughout the region. It is the recipient of an Arts Project Support Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The term “Affrilachia” is attributed to author Frank X Walker who began using the term in the 1990s to combat the stereotype that Appalachia was not a diverse region. The Taste of Tennessee celebrates the melting pot that is Appalachian cuisine and culture. We are excited to host Chef T at the Langston Centre. Get your tickets for this unique experience now.



Become a TN4Arts Advocate

You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to become an advocate for the arts. Here’s a simple and direct way to show your love if you’re a Tennessee resident: purchase a specialized license plate.

The process is easy:

  • Visit your local County Clerk’s Office.
  • Ask for a Tennessee Arts Commission License Plate.
  • Exchange your old plate for a shiny new one. (Don’t forget your screwdriver!)
  • Show off your love for the arts as you drive around town.


Speaker Series Line Up Taste of Tennessee

We have a great Speaker Series set for the Taste of Tennessee Appalachian Foodways festival on Saturday, June 18th. You can purchase listening tickets for $5.00 at or bring five, non-perishable food items to donate to the JAMA Food Pantry. All speakers will be at the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center at 117 Boone Street.





Entries Open for “Take the Cake Competition” at the Taste of Tennessee Festival

Strap on those aprons and heat up those ovens, folks, because it’s time to get baking! The Taste of Tennessee, the region’s premiere Appalachian food festival, is coming to downtown Jonesborough this summer. On Saturday, June 18th, the Heritage Alliance will host the first-ever in-person version of the festival from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, welcoming vendors, speakers, musicians, and more. One of the festival’s featured events is a community-wide cake-baking competition with categories for home cooks, professionals, and children. The “Take the Cake” contest welcomes participants of all culinary backgrounds and levels of expertise that have a favorite cake recipe to share!



Entries will be judged by a distinguished panel at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, including local luminaries such as Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest, and the public will be able to purchase samples of the entries after the competition. Winners will receive prizes, as well as the distinction of being a “Take the Cake” champion!


Think you’ve got enough flour power to cream the competition? You butter register today at Entries cost $5.00, and funds are used to benefit the Heritage Alliance’s historical and educational programs. Contact the Heritage Alliance with questions or for more information!


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