Audio Recording "You have a product that people really want."

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"You have a product that people really want."
Contributor Names
Ramsey, Edgar (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Restaurants
-  Foodways
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Family-run businesses
-  Food industry
-  Pies
-  Sweet Potato Pie Company (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Edgar Ramsey, owner, Sweet Potato Pie Company.
-  Summary of audio segment: The second place I had was called Home Restaurant and it was in Teaneck, and we served international cuisine. Southern style as well as Caribbean food, but people had no money then. People came for the sweet potato pie; I came up with the recipe by experimenting. My wife told me not to be discouraged by the closing of the restaurant because we had a good product in the sweet potato pie; so I went about perfecting it. "I started out in the kitchen and then it started growing; and then I went from the kitchen to the garage; and then I outgrew the garage and I went to the basement -- had a full basement in the house." Got to the point where we had to move out of the basement into a facility in Paterson -- 38 North Main Street -- and it was 1200 square feet. We outgrew that in four or five years and moved to our present location. Started in the kitchen in 1983 or 1984.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A020
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Ramsey, Edgar, and Susan Levitas. "You have a product that people really want.". -08-28, 1994. Audio.

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Ramsey, E. & Levitas, S. (1994) "You have a product that people really want.". -08-28. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Ramsey, Edgar, and Susan Levitas. "You have a product that people really want.". -08-28, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.