SHADY LADIES present…
MARY GABRIEL & “Ninth Street Women”
MAY 2019 | FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
For Mother’s Day weekend, we gathered to celebrate the first women of the abstract expressionist movement. While their lovers and husbands took the fame, these five women — Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler — had an equally profound impact on the future of modern art. Thanks to Pulitzer Prize-finalist Mary Gabriel and her biography, Ninth Street Women, these tours de force are overlooked no more.
Mary told their stories — and a bit of her own — to a crowd of more than 100 Shady Ladies inside what can only be described as a work of art. In fact, part of First Congregational Church of Detroit was designed by famed architect Albert Kahn.
The 175-year-old church was originally built along the Detroit River but was later moved to its present location in Midtown Detroit. It also served as a stop on the Underground Railroad and offers tours that tell the story of that history.
After a reading and Q&A with our founder, Amy Haimerl, in the sanctuary, Shady Ladies retried to the dining room for a meal prepared by five women chefs. Ederique Goudia of Gabriel Hall orchestrated the collaborative dinner, asking each chef — one for each of the Ninth Street Women! — to prepare a dish that represents freedom. Chef Goudia wanted to be sure that the stories of different cultures were present and representing the history of First Congregational Church.
appetizer: Flaky flatbread served with goat cheese, greens and balsamic reduction, by Chef Hind Ourahou
salad: Pickled beet and watermelon salad with mini biscuits
and house-made strawberry jam, by Chefs Le’Genevieve Squires & Brittiany Peeler, Relish Catering
entree: Sous vide sorghum-brined grilled chicken with African soul fried rice, voodoo gravy & maque choux. Garnished with pickled okra, by Chef Ederique Goudia of Gabriel Hall
dessert: Baklava cheesecake, by Chef Amanda Saab, Butter Bear Shop
wine service: Motor City Wine
all photos by Valaurian Waller of VW Photography