Handcrafted 2019

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

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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

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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

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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.  

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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.    

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Taste of Poland and Turkey

Monique Legare International Folk Dance Performance and Workshop Food Tasting Tea-for All Demonstration Turkish Lace-making Workshop (Limited, registration required)

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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,

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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

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