Gullah culture is “the heartbeat of Charleston and the Lowcountry,” says Joe Pettit, Charleston County (South Carolina) School District’s (CCSD) nutrition services field officer. Last month, Pettit and the foodservice team at CCSD invited Chef GioVanni Richardson, who is a Gullah griot (a tribal storyteller), into the kitchen to create a Gullah lunch for the students. Richardson, in addition to being a griot, is founder of A Taste of Gullah, a local catering/events/tours
Schools’ Taste of Gullah lunch ‘brings studies to life’
Program connects curriculum to the cafeteria with a menu full of history and flavor.