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Creating opportunities that bridge cultural divides and build strong food communities.


The goal of the Gifts from the Ancestors project is to cultivate a response that embraces tradition and sustains life. It is our desire to provide culinary enrichment by connecting people with the past in the present time.

To explore West African food cultures, cooking techniques, and cuisines that shaped the Southern foodways of African Americans.

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Sheri L. Raleigh


Cultural Cuisine Workshop

Cast Iron Skillet Culinaire

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Chef Heir

Creole & Southern Cuisine

The Heir's Table

Chef Amiah Yearby, Baking, Pastry and Set Design.

Chef Amiah Yearby

Pastry Workshop

Sweet Arrow & The Herbist Apothecary

Our Chefs
Customer Testimonials
Dear Sheri,

What a treasure I received in the generous gift of your cookbook, Creole Celebrations!

The graphics are beautiful, the recipes sound delicious, and I’m anxious to try them, especially the macaroni and cheese.  I never thought to add Boursin cheese to this dish!  As I often grocery shop off of recipes on my phone, your cookbook will make the best grocery list!

I was especially touched to find one of my favorite passages from the Bible, also used by your mom. Hebrews 13:2,”Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so you may have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

I have no doubt that in your years of cooking for others, you have fed many angels!

Thanks again, and all the best,


June 2023

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