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31 Years & Still Cooking! Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Tickets & merchandise on sale Now

The Thomasville History Center’s election night tradition began in 1993 and 30 years later, we’re still cooking! 

First introduced to the History Center by Jasper Davis, the annual event has provided significant funds towards our operations and programs. It began as a fundraising dinner for renovations to the Smith Log House and Kitchen and has grown into a community tradition drawing crowds each Election Night.

For those new to pilau, we pronounce it as “per-loo.”  However you pronounce it, it is a savory chicken and rice dish spiced with black pepper and served with crackers, sweet pickles, coleslaw, and dessert. 

Take-Out: 4pm-6:30pm

Eat-In & Music: 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Let’s Party! 

Enjoy live music from the Smith Homestead porch featuring the acoustic sounds of Blue Burden. 

B.Y.O. chairs or picnic blankets & beverages. Limited table seating will be available. 

Hangout at PIlau 2023

We are grateful for the sponsorship support of our friends at TNB. Thank you for making Pilau possible!

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Anniversary Merchandise 

Reserve our “Parlez-vous Pilau” merchandise! We’re offering a canvas tote bag- perfect for packing your picnic supplies- as well as t-shirts from the popular Comfort Colors brand. Your order will be available for pick-up at Pilau and after. 

Helping Hands Needed

It takes a village to make Pilau happen and we’d love to have your help on Monday, November 7 and/or Tuesday, November 8. We serve roughly 1,200 meals each year so there’s lots to do! Volunteers will receive an Anniversary T with our thanks. 
We will accept adult and youth volunteers (grades 7+) over several shifts so there are options to suit any schedule. Grab a friend and volunteer! 
Standing, lifting, and enthusiasm are required.
Online sign-ups do not include spots for cooks. If you’re interested in helping cook, email us at and we will refer you to the event chair.


Shop The Lobby at the Thomasville History Center Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Gifts inspired by the history, people, and stories of the Red Hills region for everyone on your list!