Medina Jett, immediate past president of the Amistad Center,  talks about the center and its Taste of History event, which honored Bloomfield resident Francine Austin whose brown sugar bourbon barbecue ribs won fame through the television program “The Chew.” Read story here.

There were tastings of Francine Austin’s famous brown sugar bourbon barbecue ribs, cocktails galore, music, tours and a wine-glass painting activity with Ayisha Miller during the Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s “A Taste of History” Monday night at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.

“I’ve got a lot of wonderful people here … dear friends of mine from a long time. This is a wonderful event, I am very honored. Especially because it’s ‘A Taste of History,’” said Austin, owner of Francine’s Salon and Day Spa in Bloomfield, who was honored at the event Monday. “And so for me, being able to showcase my ribs, and more so the sauce, it’s my history; so this is kind of cool.”