There’s such incredible interest in The Cake and the conversation surrounding it, that we’ve added a new panel to our Saturday matinee. Spend the afternoon in at Della’s Sweets, then stay after the performance for a chat with experts on food and faith.

The panel’s organizer and moderator, KC Hysmith holds an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. Her PhD research here at UNC focuses on historical foodways and its relation to our modern consumption patterns, as well as our attitudes towards food, gender, society, and the media. Her work in communicating the meaning of food in society lead her to put together the following panel of local academics and food experts for an afternoon in Chapel Hill:

Cake and Critical Intersectionality: Slices and Speakers on Food, Faith, and Family

  • Nancie McDermott, author of Southern Cakes, food writer and photographer, native North Carolinian, UNC Graduate
  • Kendall Vanderslice, Edible Theology, MTS student Duke Divinity, MLA Gastronomy Boston University
  • Elijah Heyward III, UNC American Studies PhD candidate, Yale Divinity

About the Panelists

Nancie McDermott is a North Carolina native, born in Burlington, raised in High Point, and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has written 14 cookbooks, focusing especially on food from Asia and the American South. Nancie writes, researches, and teaches, while serving as a contributing editor for Edible Piedmont magazine.

Kendall Vanderslice is a baker and writer. She studied anthropology at Wheaton College in Illinois, where she began engaging questions of food and faith, especially in the social dynamics of eating together and church dinners. Aiming to further ground the theology side of food and faith studies, she’s working on a Master’s of Theological Studies at Duke Divinity School.

Elijah Heyward III‘s research interests are the Gullah culture and the Penn School in Beaufort, S.C. A native of Beaufort, Heyward formerly lived in Washington, D.C., where he directed the Youth Scholar Academy, a nationwide college access program that he created as a Yale President’s Public Service Fellow.

We anticipate a delicious afternoon of theatre, cake, and conversation!

Get your slice of The Cake today! Tickets start at just $15. Call 919.962.7529 or click here for more information.