Designing for Dining: Southern Cuisine in Southern Spaces at the Center of the MESDA 2022 Design Seminar | Education


Speakers include Dr. Jessica B. Harris whose book High on the Hog is now a major Netflix documentary

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (April 20, 2022) – Museums and Gardens of Old Salem and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) will welcome four legendary designers and historians to the museum on May 6 and 7 to explore both the history of southern cuisine and current trends in southern design. Meeting for the first time since 2019, the nonprofit will welcome Atlanta architect D. Stanley Dixon (D. Stanley Dixon Architect Inc), interior designer Andrew Martin of the Year Thomas Jayne ( Jayne Design Studio) and James Beard Award winner Jessica Harris (Queens College/CUNY). The program will be moderated by J. Thomas Savage (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation).

Since 2015, the MESDA Design Seminar has brought together well-known architects, interior designers and other design players to discuss trends in southern landscapes and homes. “After a two-year hiatus, we are all very excited to bring this popular event back to the historic district,” said Frank Vagnone, President and CEO of Old Salem and MESDA.

Tickets for the in-person program are still available until Friday, April 29. Tickets include access to a program on May 7 including talks, a southern lunch and special time in the MESDA galleries. Virtual tickets are available for those unable to attend in person. Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and complete program information are available at

About the Museums and Gardens of Old Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is a unique living history site that shares the rich, authentic, and diverse cultural history of the early South, with a particular focus on North Carolina Moravians, slaves, and free people of descent African and Indigenous Peoples of the Southern Woodlands – through the preservation and interpretation of material culture, architecture and cultural landscapes. Its museums – Historic Salem, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and Gardens of Old Salem – are quickly becoming known nationally for their innovative and innovative interpretive designs and programs.

About the Museum of the Early Decorative Arts of the South at Old Salem Museums & Gardens The Museum of the Early Decorative Arts of the South (MESDA) is the primary center for research on the decorative arts and material culture of the ancient South. Part of the Museums and Gardens of Old Salem, MESDA houses the finest collection of southern decorative arts and related research materials in the country. The museum is internationally recognized for its contributions to the study and understanding of the history, decorative arts, and material culture of the American South.


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