With Pienanny pies, I am literally carving a lane for myself and my community. The mission of Pienanny is to highlight and elevate Afro-Caribbean cuisine by placing these traditional dishes in a pretty, unconventional (and edible) package that extends plating of Caribbean dishes beyond upside-down rice cup mounds and cilantro sprinkles. Instead, imagine savory Jamaican and Trinidadian-Style Curry Chicken encased in a flaky, tumeric-dyed pie shell w/ carved Ghanaian or Malian-inspired decor or a Jamaican Stout Custard paired w/ Salted Dulce de Leche and a Dutch Black Cocoa crust to represent my parents' countrymen (and women), the people of Jamaica. Pienanny highlights the intersection of art and food. In doing so, the goal is to generate enough capital to pour into the Black community via employment as well as educational and social justice initiatives.
MY GOAL + YOUR ROLE
Currently, I am a one-woman operation receiving administrative and logistic support from skilled framily. The ultimate operational goal is to be able to hire kitchen and administrative staff who can run day-to-day operations while I continue to create, expand, and represent. Ideally, this staff will consist of both current and former students (Yes, I am also a high school teacher - for now!) as well as other Black and Brown youth seeking entry-level employment within the culinary and community organizational fields. Operational costs for a food venture can be astronomical; your donations will allow for the expansion/increased efficiency of my operations (FDA/USDA certification, retail and wholesale startup costs, shared commercial kitchen space, staffing), cover branding costs, and will nourish as well as nurture Black communities.
- While there are plenty of pie makers, both savory and sweet, no one is doing what I am doing the way that I am doing it. For this reason, my reach knows no bounds.
Pienanny is a lifestyle brand that exclusively caters to the cultures it represents and cheekily commands inclusion at the proverbial table. The high brow food and beverage industry is by and large whitewashed and male-dominated, yet has historically been and continues to be inspired and fueled by Black and Brown cultures and culinary traditions that originate in homes and kitchens run by women. I am a first-generation American Black woman who was raised in a Jamaican household. I aim to put a face to flavor and to be included in the larger conversation while serving as an example to other women who look like me and who want their voices to be heard and valued.
I'd like to extend a great, big thank you to those of you who believe in my vision and who show your support whether you do so by purchasing pies, by directly donating to this campaign, or by sharing this campaign with others who may be in a better financial position to donate. You are greatly loved and appreciated, and I promise to show my appreciation by sticking to my mission and never forgetting to give back with the goal of uplifting the most disadvantaged and disenfranchised members of our society! Let's go!