New York photographer Vanessa Geffrard is looking for Haitian women to photograph! Here's the info below and please share it with your NY friends :)
WHAT: Beautifully Haitian Photo Project will involve individuals shots. Participants will have copyrights and access to pictures via private online gallery.
WHERE: 70 Welling Court Queens, NY 11102
WHEN: August 31st at 5pm
WHO: Haitian/Haitian descent women
Call/text Vanessa at 443-850-3800 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in participating and questions (and so she knows you're coming).
Yes, I love food…who doesn’t? And especially Haitian food…it’s inevitable. As I arrived to the MOCA plaza in Miami, I saw the vendor tents and masses of people. I was excited to see the turn out, but I was so focused on getting food because I was starving! I saw one of my favorite members of the Haitian Culinary Alliance (HCA), Chef David Destinoble, cooking at his tent. I ordered conch fritters and papita. I never order fish anywhere I go, or fried food, but it looked so good and I was so deliriously hungry that I said, “I’ll take the conch fritters!” I’m so glad I did…it was SO GOOD, despite my guilt when 2 people asked me, aren’t you on a diet? (I am not, I eat super healthy regularly and talk about it way too much about it on Facebook, apparently). Not to mention it was only $5. My husband got fried red snapper and papita, which was also only $5. Good quality food and only $10 for lunch at an outdoor event is a super amazing price!
The next best thing was the chef cook off sponsored by Madame Gougousse. With a front row view as a photographer, I could hear, see and feel the pressure of the chefs as they created dishes in 45 minutes. The mystery ingredients were: cassava, yellow tail, chayote, corn meal (big grains) and pumpkin. Each dish looked amazing and I am sure tasted just as great! Every chef was absolutely a winner in my opinion, but the best dish went to Jovens Jean, an executive chef in Miami.
Super awesome bonuses:
Taste of Haiti was more than just Haitian food. It was the most organized Haitian event I’ve been to, ever. Everything ran smoothly, people were having fun and happy. There was even entertainment for kids to keep them busy! I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us. Thank you to every single person involved in this in every way from the sponsors, vendors and to each person who came to the event!
On a twisty-turny bumpy ride down to Jacmel, I anticipated a visit to a place that I always heard about. Every time I’d mention Haiti to people when speaking of my blog, I was asked, “Have you been to Jacmel?!” How could I promote the most beautiful places in Haiti but still had yet to see this desirable place? That finally changed when we entered Jacmel on a dark Tuesday night. That night, Vlad and Georges met us at the Cap Lamandou hotel from the Art Creation Foundation for Children. ACFFC is an organization that I’ve had a South Florida connection with for a few years after meeting Judy Hoffman, the founder of ACFFC, who was selling papier mache art pieces that the children made at center. Vlad and Georges met us to welcome us to Jacmel and to go over the plans for us to visit the children at ACFFC.Papouche, a local Jacmelian and member of ACFFC met us at the hotel to show us where the center was. We arrived at the 2 story freestanding building, beautifully decorated in mosaics on the front, including the choublack (hibiscus flower) with inspiration from Haiti’s new logo. We entered the little shop where the art is for sale to visitors with so much to look at…papier mache masks, ornaments, wall hanging, bowls and glass mosaic bottles. We were given a tour downstairs and upstairs where we saw the computer room, the pharmacy and the library. Art made by these children is everywhere…it’s absolutely beautiful. Aside from its aesthetic beauty, the beautiful children were sitting quietly waiting for their professor to come. We chatted with them and hung out for a little bit while we enjoyed the view of the city of Jacmel.There are around 104 children that benefit from this amazing program. They are sent to school and go to ACFFC after school where they make art, are fed dinner and then go back home to their families. This system of encouragement, not enabling, makes so much sense for Haiti.The city of Jacmel is covered in beautiful mosaic walls done by the children of ACFFC throughout the years. We got to drive around and see all of the different designs and creativity! I am always approached by non-profits; mostly orphanages that want me to promote their org. I usually willing to help, but it wasn’t until I learned about ACFFC and what they were about that I started second guessing many other orgs. ACFFC didn’t say anything to me directly about this topic, but seeing the operation for myself and visiting the building opened my eyes. These kids might have been considers “orphans” by Americans because their parents don’t have money, however, instead of tearing those ones away and institutionalizing them as “orphans,” they are taught art skills, life skills and confidence. Se La Pou’w La (You must see it for your self!!!!) and education is key!