BOMBAY BRAMBLE® and chef Omar Tate are honored to announce a partnership and launch Cultivating Community: A Dinner Series in Support of Black Farmers, which celebrates the work of Black farms and farmers in the US. Following its recent launch as a new vibrant creative expression of gin bursting with the 100% natural flavors of freshly harvested raspberries and blackberries, BOMBAY BRAMBLE is on a mission to champion diverse voices in the culinary community, collaborating with chef Marcus Samuelsson and other rising chef stars last year.
Now, BOMBAY BRAMBLE will join forces with Time100 honoree chef Omar Tate to help usher in the summer entertaining season with a culinary dinner series that is designed to educate, reimagine and change the game for Black farmers.
Open to the public for $200/ticket on ExploreTock.com, the launch dinner was held on June 29 at Oko Farms in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where Tate collaborated with local Black farmers, many of whom will attend the dinner as honored guests, to craft a bespoke seasonal tasting menu using fresh, homegrown ingredients.
Designed to educate the public about the challenges that Black farmers face and draw the farming community together, each course honored a ‘hero ingredient’ from a nearby farm, while also incorporating fresh berries, a staple of seasonal summer fare and the berry-infused gin. The dinner also complemented Tate’s signature BOMBAY BRAMBLE cocktail, the Bramble Berry Sour.
“Community is at the heart of what I do and a defining part of my passion as a chef. I’m incredibly honored to be a steward for my community, especially Black farmers, chefs and underrepresented creatives in the culinary industry, so I was so excited about this initiative and to partner with BOMBAY BRAMBLE to help shine a light on them and raise awareness of their contributions overall. It was also exciting creatively to be given the lens of fresh berries, and to come up with beautiful recipes and tasting menus with the help of local farmers to showcase the wealth of talent, produce and stories from Black farmers that need to be told and shown,” says Tate.
In further support of BOMBAY BRAMBLE and Tate’s ongoing mission to champion diverse voices in the culinary community, an additional pledge of $25,000 will be made to the Black Farmer Fund. The donation will be put towards helping to provide financial means and resources to Black-owned farms in the Northeast to build an equitable future.
For those not able to attend the debut in Brooklyn, BOMBAY BRAMBLE will also host pop-ups in Atlanta and Charleston where foodies can experience a local chef’s take on Chef Tate’s menu of farm-to-table dishes later this summer.