Staff and students from the Helms College Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality recently were invited to participate in a cooking demonstration at the Allman Brothers Band Museum, also known as The Big House, as part of the 2015 Historic Vineville Christmas Tour of Homes.
Helms College Chef Instructor Stuart Hardy and a handful of students donated their time to participate. “It was both an honor and a privilege to be part of this event that showcased the history of homes in our area, and to be able to demonstrate our culinary creativity in a setting that has inspired so much creativity and inspired so many through the music that once filled the walls.”
The demonstration included a delicious baked brie in a puffed pastry and Spinach Spanakopita. Both dishes became the highlight of the tour stop as everyone enjoyed the atmosphere, holiday and history of the home while indulging in the Helms College culinary contributions.
In case you aren’t familiar with the history of “The Big House” or the pride Georgians feel about the Allman Brothers Band, here is a brief summary of the background of each according to the Big House Museum website:
From 1969 to 1979, the Allmans called Macon home and their contributions and exploits have become a legendary part of this town’s history. The band was formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1969 by brother Duane Allman (slide guitar and lead guitar) with Gregg Allman (vocals, organ, songwriting), Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jaimoe (drums). While the band has been called the principal architects of Southern rock, they also incorporate elements of blues, jazz, and country music, and their live shows have jam band-style improvisation and instrumentals.
The band achieved its artistic and commercial breakthrough in 1971 with the release of At Fillmore East, which is considered by many critics to be the best live album ever made. It ranks #49 on Rolling Stone’s list of the best albums of all time. For more than 40 years, the Allman Brothers Band have remained a mainstay among music. During that time the home now known as “the Big house” was for rent, and by January 1970, it became the house where members of the band, their roadies, friends and families lived until 1973. It was the focal point of gathering in those early years when the magic that is the Allman Brothers Band was just taking shape and radiating from this historic Southern town.
In 2012 the band earned a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2012. Rolling Stone ranked them 52nd on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and the Allman Brothers Band is the only group in history to have four different guitarists on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time.
Helms College staff and students are always thrilled to participate in community events such as this because they serve as additional hands-on training opportunities to showcase our culinary school.
To find out more about our hands-on approach to learning and for more information about exploring your own culinary career possibilities at Helms College, contact our admissions office today. You can contact The Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality in Macon at (478) 471-4834 or The Augusta School of Hospitality at (706) 651-9707.