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Christine Ingram-Murphy and the Legendary Ingramettes

Soul Food
Henrico County

Christine Ingram-Murphy and the Legendary IngramettesChristine “Tina” Ingram-Murphy is the youngest daughter of the late Richmond gospel legend evangelist Maggie Ingram, who moved her family to Richmond in 1961, where she formed the group Sister Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes with Tina and her other four children. Maggie Ingram was also an incredible cook, preparing delicious meals for her children by stretching the most sparse and inexpensive of ingredients, often feeding many more than just her own family. The Ingrams are still known for their remarkable community work, providing meals for the homeless, shut-ins, and anyone in need of a healthy meal in and around the Richmond region. The Folklife Program had a taste of their culinary prowess at the 2016 Richmond Folk Festival, where the Ingramettes prepared more than 500 meals for festival patrons, with Tina running the show. She retired from singing with the Ingramettes to care for her family and ailing husband, which gave her more time to hone her culinary skills. She regularly consulted with Maggie to learn certain dishes, and learned from elder women at her church. Over time Tina became a master of what many call Soul Food, the tasty and resourceful home-cooking style associated with African Americans in the South, and is currently participating as a Master Artist in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program with her daughter, Cheryl Maroney Yancey of the Ingramettes. While drawing heavily from tradition, Tina also makes healthy adjustments to her recipes. Her favorite dishes include candied carrots, purple cabbage, strawberry-banana pudding, southern cornbread, garlic mashed potatoes, turkey, meatloaf, baked spaghetti, and collard greens. Tina will share family kitchen lore while preparing a delicious spread for the 2017 Richmond Folk Festival.