Taste of Soul returns to Niles Library Saturday

Published 8:48 am Friday, February 26, 2016

What is your family’s favorite food?

The Niles District Library and the Niles branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are encouraging everyone to cook it up and bring it to the third annual “Taste of Soul” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at the library.

Saundria Wilson, NAACP president, said “soul food” does not represent one specific culture at this event — it is any food important to your family history.

“Soul food is food that is good for the soul,” she said. “We encourage people to look at their family and think about the foods that said family, togetherness, fun, safety and contentment.”

Dishes do not have to be elaborate, Wilson said. They can be something as simple as spaghetti or meatloaf.

Taste of Soul will take the form of a potluck in the rotunda of the Niles District Library, which is located at 620 E. Main St.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample each dish and vote for their favorites. Cooks who make the most popular dishes will receive a small prize.

Those who do not bring a dish are still welcome to taste the food and mingle with others.

“This is a very family oriented event,” she said.

People are also being encouraged to swap recipes and share the story of their family’s food history.