Audio Recordings "You have a product that people really want."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Levitas, Susan
Ramsey, Edgar
Dates 1994
Location New Jersey
Paterson
United States
Language English
Subjects African Americans
Ethnography
Family Run Businesses
Food Industry
Foodways
Interviews
Oral History
Pies
Restaurants
Sound Recordings
Sweet Potato Pie Company (Paterson, N.J.)
Title
"You have a product that people really want."
Contributor Names
Ramsey, Edgar (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-28
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Restaurants
-  Foodways
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Family-run businesses
-  Food industry
-  Pies
-  Sweet Potato Pie Company (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Edgar Ramsey, owner, Sweet Potato Pie Company.
-  Summary of audio segment: The second place I had was called Home Restaurant and it was in Teaneck, and we served international cuisine. Southern style as well as Caribbean food, but people had no money then. People came for the sweet potato pie; I came up with the recipe by experimenting. My wife told me not to be discouraged by the closing of the restaurant because we had a good product in the sweet potato pie; so I went about perfecting it. "I started out in the kitchen and then it started growing; and then I went from the kitchen to the garage; and then I outgrew the garage and I went to the basement -- had a full basement in the house." Got to the point where we had to move out of the basement into a facility in Paterson -- 38 North Main Street -- and it was 1200 square feet. We outgrew that in four or five years and moved to our present location. Started in the kitchen in 1983 or 1984.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A020
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.sla02004

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