Bless and Eat: Family, Farming and Food.

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2 Dates Through Aug 12, 2021

We are excited to announce a dinner series featuring the Chefarmer Matthew Raiford and his wife and partner Tia McDonald Raiford at The Viaduct! Chef and Organic Farmer Matthew, A James Beard Semi-Finalist, and Tia McDonald, a former Culinary Director of the Vetri Foundation, are bringing their skills, stories, and deep rooted culinary and farming history to Viaduct with a spectacular multi-course meal. You'll enjoy several courses of the cuisine that nurtured their family for seven generations in the deep South, celebrating the peak of season produce right now like peaches, heirloom tomatoes and corn, while enjoying the atmosphere of the secret garden with live music under the Rail Park.

Get a signed copy of Matthew's book Bress 'N' Nyam whcih means "Bless and Eat" in Gullah Geechee that is included in the ticket sale along with “fire-side chat” to tell their story which looks back at their family history, their roots in farming, food, and how their 25-year friendship blossomed into not only into their marriage, but also their mission Strong Roots 9

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Vetri Community Partnership. 

Your $65 ticket includes: 

  • A multi-course outdoor dinner and wine/beer pairings 
  • Live music under the starry night sky, soulful band with jazz/blues like sound
  • A fireside chat with  Matthew Raiford and Tia McDonald Raiford. 
  • Your $95 includes all of the above + a copy of Matthew's Book "Bress ’n’ Nyam".

There are 2 seating times available and seats are going quickly - 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm so that we can provide the best experience for everyone. Should you have any specific dietary needs, please email [email protected] in advance so we can accommodate them. The CDC has lifted mask mandates outdoors, and therefore, our space will be adhering to their directive. 

Spots are limited, so secure yours for this special night to join together in fruitful company. The enchanting garden is designed for you to wander, explore, eat + engage with inspiration and personal space in mind. We look forward to hosting Chef Matthew and Tia, and can't wait for you to experience this culinary journey. You can find Chef Matthew Raiford and Tia McDonald Raiford at

In the event you didn't add your dietary restrictions in the ticket purchase, you can email [email protected] 


Mailing Address

1021 Hamilton Street Suite #301 Philadelphia, PA 19123