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Second Annual John Coltrane Symposium

Honeysuckle Projects Fundraiser Dinner

Friday, September 24 5:00–7:00PM

“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.

Sponsor a guest

One of the goals of The John Coltrane Symposium is to bring communities from various backgrounds together. This includes our art and fundraising events. We are offering all regular events for the Second Annual John Coltrane Symposium free of charge — the only exception is this extraordinary dinner executed by Chef Omar Tate and Honeysuckle. While we understand that many would love the opportunity to join us for this amazing evening of food and art, they simply do not have the means to purchase a ticket.

To that end, we have set aside ten community tickets at a discounted rate of $100 for these community members, with a call to those of you who are able, to contribute your donation to cover those costs. Will you consider making a $100 donation today to reserve a community ticket for someone to attend as our guest?

Donate Today

Please be sure to include a reference to “Dinner ticket” in a note with your donation. The first $1,000 received will cover the cost of the ten available community tickets. Any amount received beyond that will be applied towards covering additional costs for the Second Annual John Coltrane Symposium.

Thank you

Thank you from Ars Nova Workshop and The John Coltrane Symposium for helping us have a truly enriched experience that includes all from within our community!

Cover: Omar Tate / Photo by Kevin Claiborne (Wall Street Journal Magazine)
Friday, September 24 5:00–7:00PM


  • Fundraiser

Program Info

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

Tickets are limited and tax-deductible as a charitable contribution.

Pre-registration with advance RSVP required.


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, 4000 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

  • The Woodlands, Philadelphia

Health & Safety

Ars Nova Workshop cares about the health and safety of our artists, audience, and staff. Please consult our health and safety protocols before attending this program.

The Woodlands

The Woodlands’ 54-acre undulating landscape is at once an 18th-century English pleasure garden, an active 19th-century rural cemetery, and a modern-day green oasis for the communities of West Philadelphia. Please note before planning your visit:

  • Guests can arrive by foot, bike, or public transit.
  • Limited on-site parking is available for some events.
  • Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket for outdoor seating.
  • The front entrance of The Woodlands is located approximately 1/4 mile from the performance areas, with a slight incline along the way. Please wear comfortable shoes when visiting.


Should you require accessible entry or seating for this program, please contact Ars Nova Workshop at or 215-805-3376 for more information.


Special COVID-19 admission guidelines are being followed to ensure a safe environment for all guests at The Woodlands.

  • Masks are required for all indoor spaces.
  • Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing while in line for the Stable Restroom.
  • Please respect other visitors and the Site Rules found on The Woodlands website.
  • 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.