AT HOME WITH:
CHEF TARA THOMAS
We visited the Bed-Stuy home of vegan chef Tara Thomas to talk art, food & more — with a guest appearance by Jaqueline Cedar's painting Jump, 2022.
What do you collect?
When I was a child I began collecting rocks. I have an immense collection of minerals, especially crystals. I also collect spices, vintage textiles and flatware sourced by my mother, artwork from my grandmother and boyfriend, and clothes.
Are there any young artists you’ve discovered recently whom you love?
I’m surrounded by incredible young artists and creatives: Grey Prince, Taylorn Simmons, Cassi Namoda, Eny Lee Parker, Marcus Leslie Singleton, Morten Suvatne Augland (my boyfriend who has gifted me so many pieces), Andrea Smith (who made piece on my living room mantle + painted my bathroom), and so many more.
What's the first thing you can remember cooking?
I began exploring cooking in my family's garden. I would make mud pies and lovely creations using the materials from our yard, like flowers, minerals, soils, leaves, and anything nature offered at the time.
Dream dinner guests, dead or alive?
Ahh, that’s a wild question. For one it would be my Great Great Grandmother Eva, she ran a beautiful farm for our family and fed her community as well being a midwife creating a safe space for Black Women to give birth back in the days before civil rights. I would share more but would need to think for a while!!
Is there a dream project you’ve not yet worked on?
I am beginning to bring my farm dreams to life, but haven’t quite pulled the plug on NYC life. More to come!! But it will be an experience of food, design, and nature through the lens of community and hospitality.
Favorite Instagram accounts to follow?
What’s your greatest extravagance?
I always go all out on food that’s local and organic. I think delicious food is my favorite way to be luxurious! I'm enthralled by cute markets and going all out.