The Everson and Salt City Market Present: SALT & PEPPER
Thursday, May 6, 6:00 - 6:30pm
Sleyrow Mason (SOULutions) + Vanessa Johnson
*FREE to attend, pre-registration is required to receive Zoom link
They say good food is just another expression of art. We think so too! That’s why the Everson Museum of Art has partnered with Salt City Market to bring you Salt & Pepper, a new art/food series with lively conversations between artists and chefs about culture, history, and technique.
Join us by zoom to hear from artists in their studios and chefs in their Salt City Market kitchens. We’ve selected artist/chef pairings that will awaken all the senses and introduce you to some incredible Syracuse talent.
Sleyrow Mason + Vanessa Johnson
Chef Sleyrow Mason is the owner and operator of SOULutions, located at the Salt City Market. Sley is an industry veteran who began cooking
alongside his mother at the early age of 5. It was in the kitchen, with his mother, that he learned some of the basics of traditional southern dishes. In his later years, Sleyrow attended a culinary program offered by Syracuse’s Sydney Johnson center. After its completion, he began working in some of Syracuse’s finest restaurants, honing his skills as a certified grillmaster, kitchen manager, and sous chef. Upon the passing of his mother, Chef Sley began cooking for his family and friends as a way to keep them all connected. Now he is serving up his family recipes at Salt City Market and at catered events.
Vanessa Johnson is a griot or storyteller. She tells traditional tales from Africa and African American culture through story performances, one woman shows, mixed media quilts, plays, short stories, and sing tales with her storytelling band, Matie Massie. Her tales of social justice include the voices of the enslaved and of abolitionists who fought against slavery in the United States. She lends her voice to the diverse activists of the Women's Rights and Civil Rights Movements. She also tells Earth-Justice Tales and shares biographical tales of living as an African-American woman in the U.S. and part-time in Ghana.