May 6 – 10, 2015, Centrum will host Kitchen Culture – an authentic Cajun culinary, music and dance event – at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington guided by Southwest Louisiana food gurus Toby Rodriguez and Bryan Kyzer; Louisiana’s award-winning music supergroup The Revelers; and hot two- stepping duo Corey Porche and Sally Freund.
Toby Rodriguez – called a “Cajun Renaissance man” by Anthony Bourdain – and Brian Kyzer are the masterminds behind Lache Pas Boucherie et Cuisine, a mobile farm-to-table boucherie party outfit. Registered participants will help Toby and Brian kill and butcher a pig, using each part of the animal to create some of the most treasured Cajun dishes. This class will provide most of the meals for Kitchen Culture participants.
“The boucherie is our culture’s most genuine expression of the farm to table movement. There’s definitely a level of fear when killing the animal … people are extremely moved.” – Toby Rodriguez
Louisiana band The Revelers will bring their Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp Pop and Americana roots and rhythms to the mix not only in the dancehall but also in the classroom. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, workshops will be provided throughout the day including, but not limited to, Cajun fiddle, accordion, bass, percussion, and French singing. Corey and Sally will lead participants on the floor through a variety of Cajun and Zydeco dance workshops, and Louisiana culinary documentaries will be displayed throughout the event. Evenings include entertainment, open jams and house parties with a big Cajun-Swamp Pop-Honky Tonk dance open to the public Saturday, May 9.
Kitchen Culture combines the music, food and dances of Louisiana, a trinity of creativity and a way of life, established in the hearts and souls of its people since day one. It is a culture existing in context with each element feeding off each other, not fulfilling their calling each on their own but existing FOR each other, making each other shine. In Cajun/Creole culture, you hear music precisely at the time that you smell the aroma of the food. And then, there’s the movement and the social aspect of the dancing. They all blend together in a harmonious marriage that is far greater than the sum of its individual parts. The gumbo always smells better when you hear the live Cajun music, and the music feels better when everyone can participate, especially through dance. Not everyone can book a trip to Louisiana to discover this. That’s why Kitchen Culture is bringing it to you.
To register, please contact Centrum at (360) 385-3102 Ext. 117.
“With all the smells coming from six different directions, smoking and simmering and sizzling, you just wanna, I don’t know, touch yourself … Even Paul McCartney’s head would explode from inner conflict, tempted by the lure of tasty tasty pig … I’m absolutely blown away by the depths of flavor and deliciousness that I’ve rarely encountered anywhere.” – Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations – Cajun Country
“There has to be at least one band in the country that reveres the past and is unafraid about dragging it into the future. Mark down the Revelers as that band, musicians who aren’t afraid of mixing up accordion, fiddles, saxophones and guitars. Sometimes the greasiest gumbo can also be the best, as anyone within earshot of this mess will attest. Bon ton all night long.” – Bill Bentley, A&R Director at Vanguard Records
“Cultural renaissance? Smultural renaissance! If this … doesn’t make get up and dance, then you must be physically handicapped. If it doesn’t teach you something about life, then you must certainly be very wise already. And if it does not, at any point, bring a tear to your eye? Then you must have either a malfunctioning tear duct or a heart of stone … Whipsmart songwriting, outrageous musical chops, and cutting-edge production have made this … a fixture on my stereo … It’s not easy to create something brand-new and forward thinking which also lives smack-dab in the middle of history and acknowledges its roots. But The Revelers have done all that and more. I give this my highest possible recommendation.” – Blake Leyh, Music Supervisor, HBO’s Treme
“From the opening resolution-pleading strains of Blake Miller’s trebly accordion, this is special … These songs and hooks will burrow their way into your subconscious and be your nagging earworms for days on end. ★★★★” – David Innes, R2 Rock’n’Reel (UK)
Centrum’s mission is to promote creative experiences that change lives. Through inter- generational immersive workshops, we bring together aspiring and master artists to foster creativity, find and provide mentorship, and build community. Our public performances are the culmination and celebration of our workshops and programs, where we welcome audiences to share in those creative experiences.
For additional press info, bios and workshop information or to schedule an interview, please contact Megan Claflin at 360-385-3102, x130.
“Cajun Renaissance man” TOBY RODRIGUEZ was born and raised in Poche Bridge and has been featured on Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, America’s Top Chef and HBO’s Treme and co-starred in the feature film You’re in Charge. Growing up in the heart of Cajun Louisiana, Toby believes wholeheartedly that the killing of a pig is a spiritual moment. A man of many talents, Toby enjoys acting, cooking, sculpting, drawing, furniture design and writing, and has been featured in articles in Vice and Eidé magazines, the New York Post and The New Yorker.
A Louisiana supergroup composed of founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and the Pine Leaf Boys, THE REVELERS play Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp Pop and Americana equally well and have toured the U.S. extensively as well as the UK, Ireland, and Denmark. They are a festival mainstay – Blackpot Festival, Tønder, Rhythm and Roots, Wheatland, Grey Fox, and many more – and are also in-demand in the music education scene – Ashokan, Balfa Week, Miles of Music Camp,and FiddleTunes.