A Guide to the Gary Ann Giovanni Culinary Papers, 1997-2004 Giovanni, Gary Ann, Culinary Papers Ms2006-011

A Guide to the Gary Ann Giovanni Culinary Papers, 1997-2004

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2006-011


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Processed by: Cynthia Bertelsen and Amy Vilelle, Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2006-011
Title
Gary Ann Giovanni Culinary Papers, 1997-2004
Physical Characteristics
3 boxes; 3.5 cu. ft.
Creator
Gary Ann Giovanni
Language
English
Abstract
Papers of Gary Ann Giovanni, a chef, caterer and cooking teacher active in Blacksburg, Virginia. The collection contains records, menus, and recipes from her catering jobs and from the cooking classes she taught for the local YMCA Open University. Also includes material related to the various community organizations for which Gary worked or volunteered, and some material associated with her sister, poet Nikki Giovanni.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Gary Ann Giovanni Culinary Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Gary Ann Giovanni Culinary Papers, Ms2006-011, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Gary Ann Giovanni Culinary Papers were donated to the Special Collections in 2005.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Gary Ann Giovanni Culinary Papers began in May 2006 and was completed in August 2006.


Biographical Information

Gary Ann Giovanni was born in September 1940 in Knoxville, Tennessee and attended Central State University in Ohio. She married young, divorced, and then married Joe Black, the first African American to pitch in a World Series and had one son with him. In 1973, Giovanni graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Giovanni volunteered with Fannie Lou Hamer in delivering Christmas turkeys in Mississippi during the Civil Rights movement. She attended the California Culinary Academy, studying with master pastry chef Bo Freiburg, as well as with pastry chef Jim Dodge at the Stanford Court Hotel, chef Herbert Keller of Fleur de Lys, and many others. For five years, Giovanni owned and ran a full-service catering business in Oakland, California. Giovanni worked for SeaLand Corporation in Oakland, California until 1994 when she retired and moved with her mother to Blacksburg, Virginia, where her sister, poet Nikki Giovanni, lives. While in Blacksburg, Giovanni opened a catering business with Rebecca Isenhour which they named B.I.G.G., the acronym representing both of their initials. At the same time, Giovanni taught numerous well-received classes through the YMCA's Open University program. She studied at several of the Greenbrier's cooking workshops. In 2005, Giovanni was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She died that August in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Scope and Content

The majority of this collection contains detailed information about the various catering jobs and "Open U" YMCA classes that Gary Ann Giovanni handled during her ten years in Blacksburg, Virginia. There is some material related to her sister Nikki Giovanni, most related to various speaking activities or awards. Other items of interest include printed menus and recipes from Giovanni's attendance at the Greenbrier's cooking school, as well as food-related ephemera (pamphlets and other media produced by various food companies or publishers).

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into five series, one of which has two subseries. Most series are ordered by subject, but the catering jobs and classes are arranged chronologically.

Series I: Family. This series contains personal information about Gary Ann Giovanni and her family. It is arranged by person.

Series II: Community Involvement. This series highlights Giovanni's community involvement in non-culinary activities. Church, sorority, and other activities are represented.

Series III: Professional Activity-Culinary. General information about professional acticity is followed by two sub-series with records of: A. Catering and B. Teaching at the Open U, each of which are arranged by date.

Series IV: Professional Activity-Non-Culinary. This small series is organized by subject.

Series V: Miscellaneous. This series contains Black culture ephemera arranged by subject.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • History of Food and Drink

Contents List

Series I: Family

This series contains personal information about Gary Ann Giovanni and her family. The material about her sister, poet Nikki Giovanni, contains information about her activities and awards that she received.

  • Gary Ann Giovanni
    • Box-folder 1:1
      Writings, personal letters, articles
    • Box-folder 1:2
      2002 desk calendar containing photos of Gary Giovanni
    • Box-folder 1:3
      Litigation
  • Box-folder 1:4
    Joe Black (husband) and Christopher A. Black (son)
  • Box-folder 1:5
    Nikki Giovanni (sister)
  • Box-folder 1:6
    Thomas Giovanni (nephew)
  • Box-folder 1:7
    Yolande Cornelia Giovanni (mother)
  • Box-folder 1:8
    Other family (aunts)
Series II: Community Involvement

This series highlights Giovanni's community involvement in non-culinary activities. Material pertaining to St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc./Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter, and miscellaneous references to Giovanni's Oakland ties (chiefly with activist Mitch Snyder) make up the bulk of this series. In addition, the material about the AME and the Delta Sigma Sorority contains information of interest to those researching these institutions and their role during the time Giovanni belonged to them. Conferences and projects that Giovanni was associated with are well represented.

  • Box-folder 1:9
    St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Box-folder 1:10
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter
  • Box-folder 1:11
    Miscellaneous organizational memberships
Series III: Professional Activity, Culinary

The two chronologically arranged subseries, A. Catering Jobs and B. YMCA Open University Classes, form the bulk of this series. Each catering job file is listed by client name and date, and contains menus, recipes, information about clients, grocery lists, and receipts with food prices. Most of Giovanni's catering jobs were for faculty and administration at Virginia Tech. YMCA cooking class files contain student-attendee lists, menus, recipes, and sometimes general information about the cuisine if the class focused on an aspect of international cooking. The series also contains some handwritten recipes and food-related ephemera, the latter of interest to those researching food media and publications/pamphlets. Greenbrier menus and recipes enhance the series.

  • Box-folder 1:12
    Miscellaneous recipes, personal and handwritten
  • Box-folder 1:13
    Greenbrier, recipes and classes attended
  • Box-folder 1:14
    Greenbrier, three menus, 2001 - 2003
  • Sub-Series A: Catering Jobs
    • Box-folder 1:15
      Miscellaneous Menus for Stacy, New Orleans and African
    • Box-folder 1:16
      Catering Business Sample Menus
    • Box-folder 1:17
      University Club Tea, Menu Planning Set, 05/01/1998
    • Box-folder 1:18
      General Catering Information Used in Setting Up B.I.G.G. Catering Company
    • Box-folder 1:19
      Competitors of B.I.G.G. Catering Company
    • Box-folder 1:20
      Arnold, 05/03/?
    • Box-folder 1:21
      Snyder, Cooper House, Presbyterian Campus Ministry, Virginia Tech, 01/14/1998
    • Box-folder 1:22
      Town of Blacksburg, International Student Fruit and Dessert Social, 08/20/1998
    • Box-folder 1:23
      Norstedt, 09/26/1998
    • Box-folder 1:24
      Giovanni, Jazz Breakfast, 09/28/1998
    • Box-folder 1:25-26
      Pendergrass, Dean of Students, Virginia Tech, 10/27/1998, 11/12/1998
    • Box-folder 1:27
      "Y" Festival (YMCA), 11/13-11/15/1998
    • Box-folder 1:28
      St. Paul's AME Church, 11/08/1998
    • Box-folder 1:29
      Green, 11/13/1998
    • Box-folder 1:30
      Town of Blacksburg, Reception for New City Manager, 11/19/1998
    • Box-folder 1:31
      Plaut, Faculty Development Committee, "Teaching the Feminists to Float,"12/10/1998
    • Box-folder 1:32
      Lesko, 01/04-01/05/1999
    • Box-folder 1:33
      Green, 01/20/
    • Box-folder 1:34
      Ellett, 02/28/1999
    • Box-folder 1:35
      Giovanni, 3/23, 4/13, 4/20/1999
    • Box-folder 1:36
      Pendergrass, Dean of Students, Virginia Tech, 03/27/1999
    • Box-folder 1:37
      Harshberger, Tea, 03/27/1999
    • Box-folder 1:38
      Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Dance (cancelled), 04/24/1999
    • Box-folder 1:39
      Plaut, Faculty Development Committee, 04/24/1999
    • Box-folder 1:40
      Norstedt, 04/30/1999
    • Box-folder 1:41
      Pendergrass, Dean of Students, Virginia Tech, 04/30/1999
    • Box-folder 1:42
      Boule, Luncheon, Hubbell Lighting, 05/03/1999
    • Box-folder 2:1
      Collins, Virginia Tech Women's Studies, 05/10/1999
    • Box-folder 2:2
      University Club Brunch, 05/27/1999
    • Box-folder 2:3
      St. Paul's AME Church, Regional Meeting Lunch, 06/19/1999
    • Box-folder 2:4
      Hershberger, 07/07/1999
    • Box-folder 2:5
      Burke, Hubbell Lighting Corporate Lunch 08/10/1999
    • Box-folder 2:6
      Distler, Virginia Tech School of the Arts, 08/16/1999
    • Box-folder 2:7
      Mezzaros, Virginia Tech Provost, 09/15/1999
    • Box-folder 2:8
      Dunay, Virginia Tech Foundation, 09/18/1999
    • Box-folder 2:9
      Missionary Area Meeting, A.M.E., 10/23/1999
    • Box-folder 2:10
      Women's Studies, Virginia Tech, 09/25/1999
    • Box-folder 2:11
      Distler, Virginia Tech School of the Arts, 09/30, 10/01/1999
    • Box-folder 2:12
      Norstedt, 10/01/1999
    • Box-folder 2:13
      Britt, 10/03/1999
    • Box-folder 2:14
      Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Cluster Meeting, 10/09/1999
    • Box-folder 2:15
      Floyd-Thomas, 10/19/1999
    • Box-folder 2:16
      Women's Studies, Virginia Tech, 10/29/1999
    • Box-folder 2:17
      Dunay, Virginia Tech Foundation, 11/13/1999
    • Box-folder 2:18
      Switzer, 11/25/1999
    • Box-folder 2:19
      Women's Studies, Virginia Tech, 12/09/1999
    • Box-folder 2:20
      Floyd-Thomas, 12/10/1999
    • Box-folder 2:21
      Downey, 12/11/1999
    • Box-folder 2:22
      Clemenz, 12/17/1999
    • Box-folder 2:23
      Holt, 01/02/2000
    • Box-folder 2:24
      Pendergrass, Dean of Students, Virginia Tech, 01/31/2000
    • Box-folder 2:25
      Gordon, Reception at Virginia Tech, 02/16/2000
    • Box-folder 2:26
      Switzer (cancelled), 2/26/2000
    • Box-folder 2:27
      Women's Studies, Virginia Tech, 02/24, 02/18, 02/25, 03/02, 04/14/2000
    • Box-folder 2:28
      Pendergrass, Dean of Students, Virginia Tech 02/23/2000
    • Box-folder 2:29
      Merola, Dean, Virginia Tech, 03/09/2000
    • Box-folder 2:30
      Beverly, 03/24/2000
    • Box-folder 2:31
      Pendergrass, Dean of Students, Virginia Tech, 05/04/2000
    • Box-folder 2:32
      Planned Parenthood (cancelled, 05/05/2000
    • Box-folder 2:33
      Carlisle, 05/07/2000
    • Box-folder 2:34
      Gordon, Reception at Virginia Tech, 05/10/2000
    • Box-folder 2:35
      Women's Center Retreat, Virginia Tech, 05/10/2000
    • Box-folder 2:36
      Pendergrass, Dean of Students, Virginia Tech (cancelled), 05/12/2000
    • Box-folder 2:37
      Christiansburg Institute, Reception, 05/19/2000
    • Box-folder 2:38
      Rutherford, 05/21/2000
    • Box-folder 2:39
      Flick, 05/27/2000
    • Box-folder 2:40
      Day, 06/03/2000
    • Box-folder 2:41
      Kark, 06/26/2000
    • Box-folder 2:42
      Switzer, 07/03/2000
    • Box-folder 2:43
      Vernon, Faculty Senate President, Virginia Tech, 08/29/2000
    • Box-folder 2:44
      Norstedt, 09/22/2000
    • Box-folder 2:45
      Gilmore, Women's Studies, Virginia Tech, 09/28/2000
    • Box-folder 2:46
      Floyd-Thomas, 10/15/2000
    • Box-folder 2:47
      Stephenson, 11/14/2000
    • Box-folder 2:48
      Fine, Interdisciplinary Studies, Virginia Tech, Reception at Cranwell Center, 01/17/2001
    • Box-folder 2:49
      Norstedt, 02/24/2001
    • Box-folder 2:50
      Floyd-Thomas, 02/25/2001
    • Box-folder 2:51
      Floyd-Thomas, Women's Studies Retreat, 03/15/2001
    • Box-folder 2:52
      Stubbs (cancelled), 03/19/2001
    • Box-folder 2:53
      Office of Multicultural Affairs, "A Place at the Table," with Nikki Giovanni, John Egerton, and Edna Lewis, 04/04/2001
    • Box-folder 2:54
      Floyd-Thomas, Birthday party, 04/05/2001
    • Box-folder 2:55
      Eaves, Stepping Conference, Virginia Tech, 04/06/2001
    • Box-folder 2:56
      Brown, Wine Award Reception, Virginia Tech, 04/22/2001
    • Box-folder 2:57
      Hyer, 04/27/2001
    • Box-folder 2:58
      Vernon, Faculty Senate President, Virginia Tech 04/29/2001
    • Box-folder 2:59
      Creamer, 08/02/2001
    • Box-folder 2:60
      Holtzman (cancelled), 08/05/2001
    • Box-folder 2:61
      Norstedt, 09/15/2001
    • Box-folder 2:62
      Montgomery County Social Services 12/12/2001
    • Box-folder 2:63
      Hyer, 12/12/2001
    • Box-folder 2:64
      Creamer, 02/20/2002
    • Box-folder 2:65
      Vernon, Faculty Senate President, Virginia Tech 08/17/2002
    • Box-folder 2:66
      Watterson, 09/07/2002
    • Box-folder 2:67
      Giovanni (Gary's dog), 09/15/2002
    • Box-folder 2:68
      Kark, 11/08/2002
    • Box-folder 2:69
      Watterson, 11/27/2002
    • Box-folder 2:70
      Resiger, 12/12/2002
    • Box-folder 2:71
      Kark (gift), 01/11/2003
    • Box-folder 2:72
      Myers, 02/07/2003
    • Box-folder 2:73
      Vernon, Faculty Senate President, Virginia 02/08/2003
    • Box-folder 2:74
      Blacksburg High School, 03/05/2003
    • Box-folder 2:75
      Giovanni, Juke Joint Class, 03/18/2003
    • Box-folder 2:76
      Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 04/26/2003
    • Box-folder 2:77
      Eaves, 04/28/2003
    • Box-folder 2:78
      Hyer, 05/09/2003
    • Box-folder 2:79
      McCann, 09/19/2003
    • Box-folder 2:80
      Warden, 09/30/2003
    • Box-folder 2:81
      Weber, Wedding rehersal, 10/04/2003
    • Box-folder 2:82
      Eaves, Social Services, 11/13/2003
    • Box-folder 2:83
      YMCA Crafts Fair Committee Lunch, 12/01/2003
    • Box-folder 2:84
      Harrison, School of the Arts, Virginia Tech, 12/11/2003
    • Box-folder 2:85
      Rock, 12/202/2003
    • Box-folder 2:86
      Women's Studies, Virginia Tech
    • Box-folder 2:87
      Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 03/19/2004
    • Box-folder 2:88
      Philpot, Office of Student Life, Virginia Tech, 03/27/2004
    • Box-folder 2:89
      Kilkilly, 05/06/2004
    • Box-folder 2:90
      McCann, 09/12/2004
    • Box-folder 2:91
      Giovanni, Party, 10/19/2004
  • Sub-Series B: YMCA Open University Classes
    • Box-folder 2:92
      Hors d'Oeuvres, 02/12/1997
    • Box-folder 2:93
      Tarts: From Sweet to Savory, 04/01/1998
    • Box-folder 2:94
      Chinese Cooking, 04/22/1998
    • Box-folder 2:95
      Tapas, 09/24/1998
    • Box-folder 2:96
      Thai Cooking, 09/10/1998
    • Box-folder 2:97
      Foods of India, 10/14/1998
    • Box-folder 2:98
      Veggie Magic, 11/02/1998
    • Box-folder 2:99
      An Edible Christmas, 11/18/1998
    • Box-folder 2:100
      Southwestern/New Mexican Christmas, 12/02/1998
    • Box-folder 2:101
      Low-Fat, Low Cholesterol, 02/03/1999
    • Box-folder 2:102
      Soups, 02/11/1999
    • Box-folder 2:103
      Casseroles, 02/25/1999
    • Box-folder 2:104
      Easter Brunch, 03/31/1999
    • Box-folder 2:105
      Thai Cooking II, 04/25/1999
    • Box-folder 2:106
      Bread in the Food Processor, 04/18/1999
    • Box-folder 2:107
      Summer Fare, 04/28/1999
    • Box-folder 2:108
      Chicken for All Seasons, 09/23/1999
    • Box-folder 2:109
      Breakfast, 09/28/1999
    • Box-folder 2:110
      Almost Vegetarian Entertaining, 10/07/1999
    • Box-folder 2:111
      Fat-Free Holiday Recipes, 11/15/1999
    • Box-folder 2:112
      Holiday Buffet, 12/02/1999
    • Box-folder 3:1
      A Fat-Free Lovers Feast, 02/02/2000
    • Box-folder 3:2
      Pasta and Pizza, 02/22/2000
    • Box-folder 3:3
      Mediterranean Cooking, 03/29/2000
    • Box-folder 3:4
      Outdoor Entertaining, 04/25/2000
    • Box-folder 3:5
      French Cooking, 09/26/2000
    • Box-folder 3:6
      Halloween Party, 10/24/2000
    • Box-folder 3:7
      Holiday Buffet, 11/29/2000
    • Box-folder 3:8
      More Mexican, 02/27/2001
    • Box-folder 3:9
      Soups, 02/01/2001
    • Box-folder 3:10
      Chinese Cooking, 09/29/2001
    • Box-folder 3:11
      Breakfast Any Time of the Day, 11/13/2001
    • Box-folder 3:12
      Holiday Hors d'Oeuvres, 12/06/2001
    • Box-folder 3:13
      Dinner Party Menus, 04/02/2002
    • Box-folder 3:14
      Dinner at the Greenbrier, 02/04/2002
    • Box-folder 3:15
      New Orleans Mardi Gras Party, 2/21, 2/28/2002
    • Box-folder 3:16
      Greek Fare, 04/04/2002
    • Box-folder 3:17
      Spring Dinner at the Greenbrier, 04/09/2002
    • Box-folder 3:18
      Retro Cooking, 04/15/2002
    • Box-folder 3:19
      Wine and Hors d'Oeuvres, 11/12, 11/19/2002
    • Box-folder 3:20
      Christmas Hors d'Oeuvres, 12/05/2002
    • Box-folder 3:21
      Thai Cooking, 02/13/2003
    • Box-folder 3:22
      Mother/Daughter Cooking, 03/03/2003
    • Box-folder 3:23
      C. Warden Cooking Class (private), 03/27/2003
    • Box-folder 3:24
      Wine and Food Pairings, 04/01, 04/08/2003
    • Box-folder 3:25
      Mexican Cooking, 04/16/2003
    • Box-folder 3:26
      Greenbrier Entertaining, 04/24/2003
    • Box-folder 3:27
      Thai Cooking, 04/30, 05/01/2003
    • Box-folder 3:28
      Indonesian Rijsttafel, 09/11/2003
    • Box-folder 3:29
      What's for Supper?, 09/17/2003
    • Box-folder 3:30
      Wine and Cheese, 09/23, 09/30/2003
    • Box-folder 3:31
      Korean Cooking, 10/08/2003
    • Box-folder 3:32
      Tips and Techniques, 11/12/2003
    • Box-folder 3:33
      Egyptian Cooking, 11/13/2003
    • Box-folder 3:34
      Canapes and Appetizers, 12/02/2003
    • Box-folder 3:35
      A Casual Buffet, 02/12/2004
    • Box-folder 3:36
      Food from the Polynesian Islands, 02/26/2004
    • Box-folder 3:37
      Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table, 03/16/2004
    • Box-folder 3:38
      Fresh Flavors, 04/13/2004
    • Box-folder 3:39
      Back Yard Bash, 04/27/2004
    • Box-folder 3:40
      Tuscan Sunday Dinner, 05/06/2004
    • Box-folder 3:41
      Grilling 101, 06/16/2004
    • Box-folder 3:42
      Southern-Style Cooking, 07/14/2004
    • Box-folder 3:43
      Souffles, 09/14/2004
    • Box-folder 3:44
      Grilling 101, Part II, 09/21/2004
    • Box-folder 3:45
      French Cooking, 10/05/2004
    • Box-folder 3:46
      Mexican Cooking, 10/16/2004
    • Box-folder 3:47
      Puff Pastry - The Miracle Dough, 11/28/2004
    • Box-folder 3:48
      Christmas Hors d'Oeuvres
Series IV: Professional Activity, Non-Culinary
  • Box-folder 3:49
    YMCA: YMCA Minutes and Staff Meeting Notes/Gary Giovanni employment letters, crafts fair income statement
  • Box-folder 3:50
    YMCA: General Guide to the YMCA at Virginia Tech (staff handbook)
  • Box-folder 3:51
    Miscellaneous employment, law school admission correspondence
Series V: Miscellaneous Materials and Documents
  • Box-folder 3:52
    Black culture
  • Food and Cooking-Related Ephemera
    • Box-folder 3:53
      Menus from restaurants
    • Box-folder 3:54
      McCall's Cooking School illustrated recipes
    • Box-folder 3:55
      Creative Cook's Kitchen and Great American Recipes, illustrated recipes