Third-Annual John Dabney Dinner at First African Baptist Church | November 2, 2017
The Hail-Storm premiered at Fire, Flour & Fork's third-annual John Dabney dinner. This special event honored Dabney and the many hard-working restaurateurs and caterers who extend his legacy in Richmond and beyond. The Dabney-inspired menu followed a thoughtful, inspiring talk by culinary historian Michael Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene, one of the most anticipated books of 2017. We were humbled by the chance to gather, dine, and present the film at First African Baptist Church, where Dabney and his family worshipped.
Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center | December 7, 2017
The film screened twice in Northside Richmond on December 7th. Following the evening screening, local radio host and community advocate Gary Flowers spoke with the filmmakers about the tradition of African American entrepreneurship in Richmond.
The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia | February 28, 2018
A capstone to Black History Month, this event celebrated the long tradition of African American culinary excellence and entrepreneurship in Richmond and beyond. In addition to the film, guests enjoyed int juleps and hors d’oeuvres inspired by Dabney, as well as a post-screening discussion with the filmmakers, Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren; Elvatrice Belsches; and Shola Walker, the co-owner and head baker of Mahogany Sweets, a vegan and gluten-free bakery in Jackson Ward.
Historic Middlesex County Courthouse in Saluda, Virginia | Sunday, March 11
The screening was followed by a reception featuring refreshments by Rere's Home Cooking, Scott's Catering, and Susie's Heart and Soul. Guests enjoyed a display of African American cookbooks and photographs of local African American culinary figures. Sponsored by the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society, the Middlesex Museum and Historical Society, and the Middlesex Branch of the NAACP.
Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference in Norfolk, VA | Monday, March 14
The filmmakers presented "The Hail-Storm" film and website, demonstrating its rich connections for public programming. Attendees learned how to organize a successful public program connecting with themes of local African American history, family, memory, legacy, and culinary heritage.