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Feeding Community: Lunch and Discussion with the Owner-Chefs of Bon Fritay


Oct 28 2022


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall

Bay 4 (C105), Smith Warehouse, 114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701

Nourish Series

Feeding community with Andre and Dafney LaFortune

The Nourish series connects the Duke community with local experts in food and foodways by both bringing students out into the community and bringing community experts to Duke in events that are open to the public.

Local chefs Dafney and Andre Lafortune, owners of the first and only Haitian food truck in central North Carolina, come to Duke for International Creole Day for an event open to the community. They will discuss questions of food, identity, community and what it means to be often the first experience a North Carolinian has of Haitian food while also being for many Haitians living here a taste of home—to both produce difference and produce home and identity, through their cuisine. Students from Professor Laura Florand's Fall 2022 French 308 Manger class will lead the public discussion with these two chefs, after which the community will be able to enjoy lunch from their food truck.

This event is held in the Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI). Masks are required at events in this space.

Support provided by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the David L. Paletez Innovative Teaching Funds, and Duke Service Learning.




Andre and Dafney Lafortune

Dafney Lafortune is a former newspaper reporter. Andre worked in the medical field. Together, they are the husband and wife duo behind Bon Fritay, the North Carolina Triangle area's first Haitian food truck. Bon Fritay translates to "good fried food," which is what they serve – street food from the…...

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