CRAFT by Under My Host® Issue No. 15 Classics - Page 77

imagine some might look at me with envy and irritation. After we first opened, and press credited us with being the first mill to table bakery in Chicago, I learned that we weren’t the first. It was woman-owned business named Peerless. The owner of Peerless had been working for years trave- ling from farmer’s market to farmers mar- ket, struggling to convince people to eat better bread until she eventually went out of business and disappeared. We received credit for being the first. The truth is, we just happened to be the founders of a one- hit wonder brand that started at the right place at the right time and had a bigger following. She probably feels the same way about us as we do about other groups get- ting all the attention, except we still have a business and I don’t know where she went. So, I give up. Not in the way it might ini- tially sound. I don’t give up trying; I give up seeking credit. I give up dreaming that somehow our brand will go mainstream and compete with someone like Tartine. We won’t win a James Beard Award for privately contracting with a local farm to grow an heirloom variety of oat that we mill HENRY PELHAM SKETCH fresh and turn into oatmeal. A well-funded group will win the award, and I’ll learn to be fine with it. The other day, I was watching Antiques Roadshow, and I learned that the famous drawing of the Boston Massacre accred- ited to Paul Revere was actually a knock- off. Henry Pelham was the original artist who sketched it and gave it to Paul Revere. Without permission, Revere tweaked the drawings and turned them into engravings that he used to print them in bulk. Then he rushed them to the market (giving no cred- it to Pelham) and “profited handsomely” as the images went mainstream. Artists know Pelham’s name, but the mainstream audi- ence know Revere’s. This happens every single day. I’m not alone in the struggle. I’ve learned to find happiness in providing for my family, paying my bills, sharing good food and knowing my customers’ names. I give up on everything else. PAUL REVERE PRINT © Hundred-to-One LLC 2017. All rights reserved.