The (Virtual) Newlin Series – “Chefs & Slaves: The Cooks in Jefferson’s Kitchens”


The (Virtual) Newlin Series – “Chefs & Slaves: The Cooks in Jefferson’s Kitchens”

October 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm America/New York Timezone
Newlin Grist Mill

Join us for our annual series in which we explore different aspects of Newlin Grist Mill’s unique historical and environmental resources. Get an in-depth look at the site with special programs from both Newlin staff and outside presenters.

Sponsored by Team Toyota, our 2021 Newlin Series focuses on the history of women & work. Like last year’s series, it will be offered virtually via Zoom. Visit The Newlin Series page for the full slate of presentations.


Three generations of enslaved cooks prepared the meals in Jefferson’s kitchens. All except one were French trained, either in France itself, or by French chefs. No wonder the meals at Monticello are still famous today after 200 years. In this talk, attendees will learn the names and stories of these chefs and spend some time in their kitchens to see the skills and technologies they used to produce meals “half-French half-Virginian.”

Leni Sorensen was born in California, was a folksinger and a member of the cast of the musical HAIR, and at one time catered to movie crews and started a tamale business. She farmed for eight years in South Dakota and earned her MA/PhD from William & Mary. Retired from six years as the African American Research Historian at Monticello she lectures and writes on issues of food history and teaches rural life skills from her farmstead home in western Albemarle County (


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