Thursday, April 3, 2014

Talk, drink and read with me in Raleigh this weekend

The N.C. Literary Festival is taking off in Raleigh this weekend, and the "Savor the South" series will be a part of that.

On Friday night, the Raleigh hotspot The Oxford will hold a bourbon event, pairing chef Chris Hill's tasting menu of small plates with bourbon tastings in honor of my book, "Bourbon," my second book in the UNC Press series, along with "Pecans."

I've seen the menu and Hill has really gone to town with the idea. The plates and bourbon samples will range from $4.50 to $7 and include things like Heritage Farms pork belly with a vanilla-bourbon gastric served with Basil Hayden's 80-proof, and pimento cheese mousse with a bourbon-mushroom jelly served with Maker's 46.

The Oxford is at 319 Fayetteville St., and the bourbon event will go on from 8 to 10 p.m. I'll be there selling and signing books and talking about bourbon with anyone who wants to come by. Details: 

Next, on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., I'll moderate a panel with three of my fellow "Savor the South" authors, Andrea Weigl ("Pickles & Preserves"), Belinda Ellis ("Biscuits") and Debbie Moose ("Buttermilk" and the upcoming "Southern Holidays," coming out this fall).

We'll be in the Teaching and Visualization Room at the James B. Hunt Library at N.C. State University. Here's the details on the whole festival, including another panel planned Sunday on food writing:

The "Savor the South" series from UNC Press is a series of small books, each on a single slice of Southern food. There are eight books out now, out of a planned series of 24: Pecans, Buttermilk, Peaches, Tomatoes, Biscuits, Bourbon, Pickles & Preserves, and Okra, with Sweet Potatoes and Southern Holidays coming up this fall. And you've ever been around me, Andrea, Debbie or Belinda, you know we love to talk about anything involving Southern food and cooking. The panel should be a lively discussion. Please come by and join us.