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Kicking off Austin’s Juneteenth celebration, a Peace Through Pie fundraising pie social will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 4-6 p.m., at one of the city’s historic venues, the Limerick-Frazier House, 810 E. 13th Street. Peace Through Pie invites the entire city to join this deliciously fun expression of community to help raise the funds needed to restore the historic 115-year-old landmark as a community gathering place for East Austin. Organizers Toni Tipton-Martin and Luanne Stovall have planned activities with City Council, Urban Roots, Edible Austin Magazine, Foodways Texas, and the University of Texas at Austin’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, including a celebrity pie auction, sweet and savory pies from Austin restaurants, an art exhibition, an oral history project, and live music by the Pamela Hart Quartet. Optional to include, if it works in the space: Juneteenth (June 19) not only marks the date when African-American slaves in Texas learned they were free, it also was a time devoted to public celebrating and sharing a spirit of unity and embracing cultural differences. From the very beginning, praying, preaching, playing, singing, storytelling, and eating were Juneteenth canons. Peace Through Pie also marks the end of conference for the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), which takes place June 1-4. The IACP is an organization of nearly 3,000 creative and talented professionals from more than 32 countries who are engaged in and committed to excellence in the food industry. Tipton-Martin is the Host City Committee Chair for the conference.
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