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WoodsTalk: Live presents Creole Cooking with Terrance Simien - SOLD OUT

Zydeco artist Terrance Simien doesn't just play for his supper--he cooks it. And 25 lucky participants will get to learn how he does it in a special Cooking demonstration with the Zydeco master.

On Thursday, April 21 from 5:30-8:00pm, Terrance Simien will host a Creole Cooking demonstration at the Bethel Woods Conservatory building.

Terrance Simien -- 32 years, 7000 performances, 45 countries, GRAMMY award winning recordings…and a downhome Creole chef! For over 30 years, award winning musician Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots culture is and is not.

Terrance will be a visiting artist with his band The Zydeco Experience for E3: Engage. Experience. Explore program in April. In addition to his dynamic performances, he offers cooking experiences that expand understanding of what is it to be Creole. This program also highlights the versatility of BWCA’s Conservatory building with its open and homey kitchen and warm atmosphere—perfect for a casual, intimate experience that expands the nature of educational programming. Adult attendees will gather, meet Terrance, and he will demonstrate how the mixed cultures of the deep south are represented in the ingredients for the night’s meal. He will share family stories, encourage culinary inquiries, and give taste tests. Then, everybody sits down together to share a family-style meal.

MENU: Terrance Simien will share the secrets of  Creole Sauce Piquante, a family dish served over rice and made with tomatoes, the Cajun holy trinity (celery, bell peppers, and onions), garlic, seasonings, local chicken and Tasso, a traditional southern sausage.

WoodsTalk: Live invites dynamic and engaging speakers or panelists to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to take us on explorations of the power and possibilities of the arts and humanities, inspiring us to think critically and provoking us to become engaged members of our communities.  These are live conversations where music, the ‘60s, and the value of arts and humanities awaken the lessons of the past and relate them to the issues of today.


  • Apr 21 , 2016
  • The Conservatory at Bethel Woods
  • 5:15 PM Doors
    5:30 PM Start
  • $25

    Note:  The Conservatory is in a separate building near where BWCA Harvest Festival takes place.  596 West Shore Road is the address but it does not show up correctly on GPS. If arriving via 17B, you would turn onto Hurd Rd and pass The Museum. You will come to a stop sign at the Woodstock Festival Monument. Make a left at the stop sign. In about 100 yards, there will be a brown sign with white letters on your left that says The Conservatory at Bethel Woods. Make a left after that sign (essentially, the first driveway on the left) and follow the driveway up and around to the left. Parking is available near and in front of the Conservatory, a big brown house with lots of windows.