"We have decided to take the month of August to celebrate the different ethnic traditions of the Delta,” said Dr. Michaela Merryday, associate professor of art at Delta State University and Delta Arts Alliance Board Member.
“The Delta is usually represented in terms of black and white, but if you look at the history of the Delta, there are all these different ethnic groups that have contributed to its unique character," she said.
This exhibition will explore "diverse culinary traditions of the Delta in images, recipes, and weekly lunches."
The exhibition will last through Aug. 30.
The theme of the reception was funeral food, with the guest speaker being Gayden Metcalfe, author of “Being Dead is No Excuse. The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral.”
Funeral themed food came from the recipes found in Metcalfe's book.
"You reach a point in your life that when Hilda Povall (DAA board member) calls you say 'absolutely I was just thinking I wanted to do that,'" Metcalfe said on being asked to appear at the reception.
"No one dies better than someone from behind the magnolia curtain, and certainly no one eats better than a bereaved southerner," said Metcalfe.
Metcalfe went on to describe her book, now with an extended chapter and said, "tell us what you eat and we'll tell you which church it came from."
The exhibition will have lunches every Friday during the month of August serving Chinese food, Delta soul food, Lebanese food and Indian food.
Tricia Walker, the director of the Delta Music Institute, provided entertainment by singing a song about different types of funeral food, which was interrupted by a great deal of chuckles from the crowd.
Hilda Povall opened the reception by inviting everyone to return to the DAA on Sept. 10tfor the annual membership meeting.
On that night there will be an updated exhibit of Flight 20/20.
Metcalfe ended the evening by telling attendants "R.I.P. and Bon Appetite."
Tickets for the lunch and learn series are still available at Delta Arts Alliance, however seats must be reserved in advance.
To make reservations contact the DAA at 662-843-3344.