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African American Culinary Heritage Cooking & Conversation on the Farm

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The Historic Barn House at the Clemmons Family Farm

2122 Greenbush Road

Charlotte, VT 05445

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Join us at the historic Barn House for a series of events held between Friday October 13 and Sunday October 15 to learn about the heritage and art behind the making of three different pies that are a part of African American culinary traditions: minced pork pie, sweet potato pie and bean pie. Chef Omar Tate from New York will share samples of his pies as well as some of his knowledge and personal reflections on the place of pies in African American history and culture. There are also opportunities to enroll in a short pie-making class with Chef Omar!

Look for the blue button on the upper right of your screen and then SELECT A DATE. Then click on the green button that says TICKETS and scroll down to select your event and the number of people you want to sign up. Confused? Email us at clemmonsfamilyfarm@gmail.com or call 1-802-310-0097 and we'll help you sign up!


Friday, October 13, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free "cooking & conversation event" with a presentation and storytelling by Chef Omar Tate, and free tastes of three pies packed with African American history! 30 people max.


Saturday, October 14, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sweet potato pie class. 8 people max.


Sunday, October 15, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Bean pie class. 8 people max.


Sunday, October 15, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Minced pork pie class. 8 people max.

About the Chef

Originally from Philadelphia, Chef Omar Tate currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Chef Omar began his career as a dishwasher and has worked his way up the culinary ladder to chef cooking at such reknowned restaurants as Fork, Russet, Runner and Stone, and most notably under Michelin-starred Chef Missy Robbins at A Voce. He is now chef de cuisine of Once Upon A Tart Bistro and Cafe in Manhattan.

Chef Omar has garnered attention through a dinner he curated at Once Upon a Tart honoring Chef Edna Lewis and her book, A Taste of Country Cooking. As part of a continuing research project on African American culinary history he created a five course tasting menu inspired by Chef Lewis's stories and recipes. Served over three nights, the dinner was attended by honored guests including representatives of Essence magazine and The United Negro College Fund. Chef Omar's dinner was so well received that it was sold as a silent auction item at a United Negro College Fund fundraiser in the Hamptons this summer.

Chef Omar Tate.


Friday October 13, 5:30 - 6:30 pm.

African American Culinary Heritage and Art of Pies: A Conversation with Chef Omar Tate. Maximum participants: 30 people. Free. (Donations appreciated)


There is a particular pride one should have when making a pie. I know this because I’ve sifted the flour through my fingertips. You can smell the story of the mill if the flour is fresh enough. You can smell where it came from, if it’s milled against old stone or surrounded by wood, if the air is wet. You are sifting through a legacy. Minced pork pie, sweet potato pie and bean pie are a gift: the fillings are the ingredients of evolution. I am looking forward to sharing the soulful stories of these pies with you as a part of a continuance of the conversation of where these foods and traditions began and where they have found us today. ~Omar Tate

Saturday October 14, 2 - 4 pm.

Cooking and Conversation Class with Chef Omar Tate: Sweet potato pie. Maximum class size: 8 people. Admission price per person: $35 (your payment will help us cover Omar's travel and lodging, and the pie ingredients!).


Sweet potatoes are an example of a shared food and staple from the Native American diet that was adopted by the newly rooted Africans in the 18th century United States as a sustaining starch and presumably a yearning reminder of the yam of the mother continent. ~ Omar Tate


Sunday October 15, 11 a.m.- 1 pm.

Cooking and Conversation Class with Chef Omar Tate: Bean pie. Maximum class size: 8 people. Admission price per person: $35 (your payment will help us cover Omar's travel and lodging, and the pie ingredients!).


The bean pie is a representation of a new culture, a new narrative and a new line of thought. A representation of clean eating and the awakening of the mind. The Nation of Islam made bean pies and sold them to help raise funds for the organization, as well as to spark a dialogue about who we are as African Americans post-Jim Crow. ~ Omar Tate


Sunday October 15, 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 pm

Cooking and Conversation Class with Chef Omar Tate: Minced pork pie. Maximum class size: 8 people. Admission price per person: $40 (your payment will help us cover Omar's travel and lodging, and the pie ingredients!).


Pork, being the protein that has and continues to sustain and nurture the Black bodies of the south and beyond, is used in a layered and delicious hot water crust.~ Omar Tate

FAQs

Where do I park?

Please park in the barnyard located across the street from the Barn House. You will see "Event Parking" signs indicating the areas where you can park.

What do I do if I cannot walk down and up the hill to the Barn House?

Please contact us at clemmonsfamilyfarm@gmail.com or call (802) 310-0097 so that we can arrange for a car to drive you down (and up) the hill. Also, the Barn House has an access ramp for those who may have difficulty using the stairs at the main entrance.

What can I bring into the event?

Bring your favorite family stories about pies and be ready to share them during the storytelling swap. Please also bring along your favorite pie recipes- we'll collect them, type them up or scan them and then email them to all participants! Cooking classes provide you with the ingredients, aluminum pie pan, and your own creation to take home with you. Dough and raw ingredients will be "prepped" before the classes to allow more time for an enjoyable mix of activities: watching Chef Omar's demonstrations, preparing the pies, cooking, and storytelling!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact the Farm at clemmonsfamilyfarm@gmail.com or call: (802) 310-0097 if you have questions.

Can I make a donation?

Yes you can! And donations are very welcome because they help us keep the Barn House available for community events like these. If you would like to donate by check, please make it payable to Quest Ventures, LLC. If you would like to donate cash, look for the beautiful Zulu clay pot in the kitchen!

Where can I learn more about the Clemmons Family Farm?

Check out our website and fan us on Facebook!


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The Historic Barn House at the Clemmons Family Farm

2122 Greenbush Road

Charlotte, VT 05445

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