Following the tasting, the event – which was sponsored in part by Amazon, Whole Foods and Avennia Wines – then continued with a sit-down dinner featuring recipe interpretations from food historian and journalist Toni Tipton-Martin’s new cookbook, “Jubilee,” which highlights 200 years of African American cooking. Each attendee received a copy of the tome to take home, as well as a “Soul of Seattle” tote, t-shirt and tumbler.
While the exact figure is still being tallied, the event raised more than $100,000, and all of the proceeds will benefit the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and Rainer Scholars, an education enrichment program that creates a pipeline to college for minority students from low-income backgrounds.
Reggie Brown, chairman of the board of Rainer Scholars, said the donations would go a long way towards supporting young Seattleites.
“We fund the kids who have the biggest obstacles and help support them along the way,” Brown said.
The Northwest African American Museum itself chronicles the history and contributions of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest from colonial times, to the pioneering days, through the Civil Rights Movement to the present day. The museum is one of several that guests can visit for half price during Seattle Museum Month, where visitors who stay at downtown Seattle hotels get half-price admission to more than 40 of the city’s museums. Seattle Museum Month runs through Feb. 29.