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Second Annual John Coltrane Symposium

Honeysuckle Projects Fundraiser Dinner

Friday, September 24, 2021

“I walk among Giants. I’ve been walking with them for some time now, even before I knew I was. I confer with them often across varied topics, and I have been engaged in this conversation for quite some time.”
—Omar Tate

On the third day of the Second Annual John Coltrane Symposium, join us for a very special dinner and fundraiser organized by Esquire magazine’s “Chef of the Year,” and recent alumnus of Time magazine’s 100Next — Omar Tate and his Honeysuckle Project. For this very limited event, Chef Omar Tate and the Honeysuckle Project — an organization creating “a restorative place to welcome and serve the community” (Food & Wine) — will bring his artistic renderings and a culinary vision informed by his admiration of John Coltrane’s music, diet, and philosophies. Chef Tate will curate a four-course dinner to be held at the beautiful open spaces of The Woodlands In West Philadelphia. This event is a fundraiser to support the efforts of Ars Nova Workshop and The John Coltrane Symposium.

Omar Tate

Omar Tate is a Philadelphia rooted artist and chef. Omar has worked fifteen years in the restaurant industry in some of the best restaurants in New York City and Philadelphia. During his time as a cook he found that the lack of diversity and representation of African Americans and other people of color to be unbalanced both in the kitchen and on the plate. In a profession where the product is a direct representation of cultures from around the globe Omar found that modern aesthetics of Black American culture to be severely limited , if not non-existent. In the spring of 2017 he decided to tackle this unbalance by diving into his experience as a self taught artist and writer to broaden the scope of his work.

Through travel and research Omar developed a unique perspective on approaching cuisine through the lens of contemporary Black America. As a result of his study Omar launched Honeysuckle Pop Up as a traveling dining concept in the winter of 2018. This concept uses food and art simultaneously as vehicles to explore several nuances of Black life and culture.

Honeysuckle has received critical acclaim not only as a food concept but also as a leading philosophy of the future of food thought in America. Partnered with his wife Cybille St.Aude-Tate, Omar is currently seeking funding to open Honeysuckle as a food focused community center in his neighborhood in West Philadelphia. You can find Omar’s work featured in The New York Times, Esquire Magazine, Okayplayer, Eater, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other publications.

Cover: Omar Tate / Photo by Kevin Claiborne (Wall Street Journal Magazine)
Friday, September 24, 2021


  • Fundraiser

Program Info

$250 — dinner tickets
$100 — community tickets supported by donation


A four-course dinner organized by Honeysuckle Project’s Omar Tate, with artistic renderings and a culinary vision informed by his admiration of John Coltrane’s music, diet, and philosophies.


The Woodlands
Philadelphia, PA

  • The Woodlands, Philadelphia

  • Fundraiser
  • Performance
  • Talks

Second Annual John Coltrane Symposium

The John Coltrane Symposium in collaboration with Ars Nova Workshop is proud to announce its second annual celebration of the life and music of John William Coltrane, curated by Anyabwile Love. This year's celebration will be held at The Woodlands in West Philadelphia, with additional events at The Discovery Center in Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia.