|Blair Hobbs' Cheese Boxes|
Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook, we served Blair Hobbs' cheese boxes, Ari Weinzeig's benedictine spread and Jared Richardson's fried chicken livers with Brian Caswell's Sriracha and citrus remoulade --- all from the book, and paired with our own Coca-Cola cocktails. Chef Hopkins noted with delight that one of the things that makes this particular community cookbook so special is that the recipes really work.
|Linton Hopkins Cheese Straws on the line.|
|Oven-bound Billy Reid's Tomato Pies.|
The room had the feel of a family reunion of sorts as the author and chef shared a few words about the menu and the theme of the night. Then dinner proper begins: Billy Reid's tomato pie; Greg Sonnier's bbq shrimp and Tankie's cornbread, Austin Leslie's fried chicken with Madge Castle's killed lettuce. Each course brilliantly paired by our Director of Wine & Spirits.
After the main course, there is pause for a few more words from John T. He read from a piece he'd written for Gourmet Magazine on Austin Leslie, whose creole fried chicken had just been savored. (See above link or the article.) Then, one final bite: Dana Logsdon's banana pudding. Guests depart with a signed copy of the book in hand, glowing a bit, and certainly enriched from an evening of delicious discussion.
We hope you will join us for our next Author Dinner, August 23 with the legendary Vertamae Smart Grosvenor.