Handcrafted 2019

Saturday May 11, 2019
Official Event Opening: 6:15-10 pm $100
Exclusive VIP Early Admission: 5-6:30 pm $25 additional

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!

Perkins’ Handcrafted 2019 will be the premiere arts experience in the region.

Join Perkins Center for the Arts for its 9th annual celebration of all things handcrafted on Saturday evening, May 11, 2019 at a secret Moorestown location to be unveiled that night!
FAQ’s Download

•Shuttle transport to secret, 20+ acre estate in Moorestown never before opened to public
•Docent tours of gardens, grounds and buildings, some dating back to the 1800s
•Artisanal local cuisine from Harvest Seasonal Grill, Saving Thyme, Sweet Lucy’s, paired with exclusive wine tastings of small batch imports selected for the occasion
•Chef Robert Bennett of Classic Cake creating delicious desserts through demonstration
•Craft beer sampling provided by Devil’s Creek Brewery, Eight & Sand Beer Co., Flying Fish Brewing Co., Lower Forge Brewery, and spirits sampling by Hewn Spirits
•Artistic demonstrations, including glass blowing, ceramics
•Live music and Bachata dance instruction with Maestro Flaco
•Auction of 1st annual Plein Air exhibition – outdoor art created in Camden & Burlington Counties
•Silent Auction with items from the Kimmel Center, the Ritz Theater, Broadway Theater, plus local restaurants, Pilates and Yoga studios
•Illustrations by renowned artist Denise Fike

Purchase your tickets today! 

All funds raised through the event support the arts and education programs and services at Perkins Center for the Arts, a 501(c)3 organization.

If you are interested in participating in Handcrafted 2019 as a sponsor, in-kind donor, volunteer, or to learn more about the event, please contact Kelly Gannon, Manager of Marketing & Events at kgannon@perkinscenter.org or 856-235-6488 ext. 316.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

2019 Participating Artisan Food & Beverage Companies:

Chef Bennett of Classic Cakes | Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar | Saving Thyme Catering | Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse | Hewn Spirits | Devils Creek Brewery | Flying Fish Brewing Co. | Lower Forge Brewery | Eight & Sand Beer Co. | Origin Almond

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

Holman Automotive Group | Horizon Foundation for New Jersey | PNC Arts Alive | Miller Subaru | Bayada Home Health Care | Garrison Architects | Kitchen & Associates | Tickner Wealth Advisors of Janny Montgomery Scott | Republic Bank | CareKinesis

8th Annual Empty Bowls

Join us for our 8th annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser at our Collingswood location on Saturday, December 1st  from 12 to 3pm. 100% of the proceeds will be divided evenly between the Food Bank of South Jersey and the Perkins Center for the Arts Scholarship Fund.

Empty Bowls is an international program that engages participating artists to create and donate handmade bowls in which a simple meal is served to a gathering of caring community patrons. In exchange for the meal (and the hand-made bowl), guests contribute a minimum donation of $15.00.

Empty Bowls Press Release

Participating Restaurants:

Abandoned Luncheonette – Moorestown, NJ

Denim American Bistro – Cherry Hill, NJ

El Sitio Grill & Café – Collingswood, NJ

Espressit Coffee Shop – Haddon Township, NJ

Keg & Kitchen – Haddon Township, NJ

The Kibitz Room – Cherry Hill, NJ

Legacy Diner – Audubon, NJ

The Pop Shop – Collingswood, NJ

Short Hills Deli – Cherry Hill, NJ

The Square Meal – Oaklyn, NJ

Tortilla Press – Collingswood, NJ

Tres Yan & Wu – Mt. Laurel, NJ

Sponsored by Wawa, Liberty Bell Bank, and Pazienza & Softly Business Ventures, LLC.

 

 

 

Taste of the Caribbean

  • Hosted by South Jersey Caribbean Cultural Organization featuring Steel Pan Performance and Workshop
  • Island Delights and Differences Panel Discussion
  • Food Tasting
  • SocaFitness

Becoming American: It’s not a Melting Pot… It’s Pot Luck 

Take a seat at the table as we discuss Becoming American.

Evening includes:

Viewing Tastefully South Jersey Documentary      

Dinner: Cultural Fare

Discussion Led by Bill Westerman

  • What does it mean to be American?
  • What does it mean to become American?
  • What does it mean to break bread with your neighbor?
  • What does your family bring to the table to make this community special?

 

Admission:  Bring one Family Recipe.

Limited Availability.

RSVP HERE

 

Taste of Mexico and Peru

  • Eco Del Sur: Music from the Andes and Latin America
  • Food Demonstrations
  • Felix Pitre Storytelling
  • Heritage Preservation Day: A Free Community Digitization Project

 

Bring in family heirlooms relating to cultural foodways traditions. Aged photos, negatives, slides, handwritten recipes, heritage cookware, ancestral linens, back-dated newspaper articles and more.

We will digitally preserve your memories and record your stories. You will take home a flash drive as a keepsake for generations to come. All families, all cultures are welcomed.

 

 

Serife Ayakta: Living the American Dream While Keeping a Piece of Home

Serife Ayakta (meaning standing in honor), carries a legacy in her name from the maternal and paternal sides of her family. Her grandmother instilled in her, “Whatever happens do not lay down, get up.”

Serife grew up near Istanbul,Turkey. After an earthquake killed her mother and destroyed her home and baby furniture business, her husband’s friend urged, “Go to the United States. America has big dreams for your children.” Serife explains, “My husband and I decided to come here to see if it was okay for our children’s future.” Upon their arrival they spent time with distant relatives and friends that had previously immigrated to New York City.

Relocating to New Jersey in 2001 with their three children, Serife, began working at a daycare center.  She loved the babies, but when the job would not provide the opportunity for her to travel to Santa Barbara for a week with her daughter, Serfie said, “I love the children, but I love my children too!”  Her strong sense of motherhood and family values led to the decision to quit her job.

Now having an abundance of time, Serife spent more hours in the kitchen cooking Turkish food that she could find in America, but wasn’t nearly as delicious as the traditional food she enjoyed in her home country. Turkish-Americans got wind of Serife’s home cooking and offered to buy her Turkish cuisine. Serife’s most popular dish, manti, consisted of small dumplings that she distinctly shaped into stars. She filled the signature dish with beef, or spinach and feta cheese or mushrooms. Realizing that her small operation could become something greater, Serife called the owners of several Turkish restaurants in New York.  They were more than happy to buy her manti.

Needing a larger space to grow her business, Serife rented a storefront in Delran where a “small Turkish village” exists. Serife said, “A lot of Turkish women at that time didn’t have a car and could not speak English.   I wanted to give them the opportunity to get out of the house and come to work. My mother always taught me to help others.” Together, the women worked to uphold the tradition of Turkish cooking in America while sharing memories and stories from their native land and new home in America.   It wasn’t long before the business expanded from shipping the manti to customers into a restaurant of its own. Star Manti is named after the dish that fostered the success of the business.   Other dishes are titled after different cities from Serife’s childhood and life experiences in Turkey, such as, “Gorali, that’s named after where I went to high school.  After school we would eat hot dogs and Turkish potato salad at my favorite restaurant.” Serife’s pride lights up the entire space at Star Manti when she shares her story and talks about her children’s college successes, careers, family life and their desire to carry forth Turkish traditions.  She affirms, “We did a good job because we came here and we started the new life.”

The napkin notes of gratitude shared on the walls at Star Manti tell even more of Serife’s story.  Come meet Serife and experience her exquisite cuisine this Saturday, July 28 at Taste of Poland and Turkey 10:00- 2:00 p.m., 30 Irvin Avenue at the Tastefully South Jersey Exhibition.  

The exhibit  is an exploration into folk art and culture through the lens of food traditions in New Jersey and features cultural artisans, fine artists and artifacts centered around foodways such as recipes, cookbooks, paintings, photographs and integrated with food tasting, dance, music, and storytelling performances. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information visit our please visit Website.

Anna Felcyn: Balancing American and Immigrant Identities Through Food Traditions

Anna Felcyn was born in Lesna, Poland, a small town of about 5000 people. All throughout her childhood, cooking was an important tradition due to the social, economic and political landscape. After World War II Poland was a communist country.  Resources were low and high quality food was largely unavailable. Although Anna’s family wasn’t always able to buy the best ingredients, the Polish tradition of cooking meant “making the best out of what you had,” says Anna. “People didn’t have much.”  But that didn’t stop her mother from teaching her the traditions that had been passed down through many generations. During Anna’s childhood, her parents worked all day and left cooking dinner to Anna and her two sisters. Despite their busy lives, enjoying dinners together helped the family come together.

When Anna and her family first tried to come to America, they had difficulty obtaining green cards. Since Anna’s sister was born in Germany and was technically considered a German citizen, she was able to immigrate to America before the rest of the family in 1965. As an American citizen, Anna’s sister was then able to invite the rest of the family into the country. Anna says, “I wish that i could have come sooner to attend high school in the United States.”  Anna has truly embraced the American identity both in her enthusiasm to be an American and her cooking. In Anna’s Polska Kuchina (Polish Kitchen), you will find her ingredients from many different cultures and she frequently searches the internet to find new recipes. About twice a month and on holidays, Anna cooks her  traditional Polish dishes. Her favorite Polish meals to prepare  include pierogies, soups and kielbasa.

To learn more about  Anna and other cultural cuisine artisans, visit Perkins’, Tastefully South Jersey Exhibition, 30 Irvin Avenue, Collingswood, NJ.  Special events accompany the exhibition through August 25.   On July 28 at Taste of Poland and Turkey, join Anna and Serife Ayakta to learn more about the cultural dishes  from their homelands. The free event is from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and features food tasting, Monique Legare International Dance Company, and a Turkish Lace Making Workshop with Ylvia Asal.

Tastefully South Jersey is “an exploration into folk art and culture through the lens of food traditions in New Jersey” and features art, artisans and artifacts.   Visit our WEBSITE  for more detailed information.  #TSJPerkins.