THE Deep South tightens its smoky grip on the tastebuds of our region. But Kentucky Cuisine, an artistic-gastronomic collaboration, promises to be more than a cursory rib shack or dirty soul food hoedown. It takes place on Saturday, July 13 at the Regent Trading Estate, Salford.
The event is curated by the folk behind the journal Feast and showcases established artist Jacob Cartwright and rising street food star Malachy OConnor, who share an interest in the cooking of a state more famous for horse racing and the Appalachians.
Chef Malachy set up his bijou barbecue business, the Fire and Salt BBQ Co, on his return from training with real pit barbecue crews in the US. His skills sparked the Guerrilla Eats street food fair and he has hosted pop-up gourmet experiences from the back rooms of pubs to last years Independent Manchester Beer Conference.
Jacob Cartwright is a Manchester based artist and filmmaker and since 2003 has collaborated with fellow artist Nick Jordan. Their work has been exhibited internationally, including at ICA London, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Cornerhouse Manchester and Musée du quai Branly, Paris. Their practice encompasses video, drawing, painting, photography, found objects, publications and events, and often explores the relationship between the natural world and cultural history.
Their most recent film Between Two Rivers is a feature-length documentary about the town of Cairo, situated on the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Cartwright is passionate about food and its role as a marker of cultural history. He contributed to the first edition of FEAST journal, a publication exploring the relationship between visual art, film and food, with a work around the notorious final meal of French President Francois Mitterand.
The evening combines a three course menu of southern flavours in conjunction with a screening of works by Cartwright. Diners can expect the likes of tobacco smoked fish, marinated meats slow-cooked over hickory and charcoal in their own barbecue pit and seasonally spiced fruit pies, served with cocktails, beers and spirits.
The meal is devised by editor of FEAST Magazine Laura Mansfield and food writer Ruth Allan.
Regent Trading Estate Salford, M5 4DE. Saturday, July 13, 7pm. Cost £30 per head including a welcome cocktail and after meal bourbon. Places are limited.
To book a place please pay a deposit of £15 at the FEAST website