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Chapel Hill 2010: What a lunch at Crook’s Corner

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Chapel Hill 2010: The Many Faces of Bill SmithIt was an unseasonably warm October afternoon when The Floating Island arrived in Chapel Hill. We all hit the ground running and kicked off the 2010 Chapel Hill Workshop with a fabulous lunch at Crook’s Corner with Chef Bill Smith. He regaled attendees–including recipe editor Sheri Castle, cookbook author Sandra Gutierrez, and Publisher’s Weekly senior editor Lynn Andriani–with stories about the dishes and his time at the restaurant.

2010 FIW Chapel Hill - Crook's Corner Rice Porrage with Fried OystersHe started off the meal with rice porridge with fried oysters instead of crackers, using Carolina Gold rice from Anson Mills. This porridge is typical fair in China but this was one of the first times Chef Smith has served it at Crook’s Corner. With this bowl of warming, delicious goodness, we were served a slightly-sweet, slightly-spicy Pineapple-Tequila Sparkler. Along with the eponymous ingredients, the light, refreshing drink featured jalapeno and a dash of Peychaud’s bitters.

2010 FIW Chapel Hill - Rosy's Banana Leaf TomalesFor our main course, Chef Smith produced tender, bone-in chicken tamales steamed with plantains and wrapped with big banana leaves, which he paired with fresh papaya. The recipe was inspired by (and ultimately assembled by) Rosy, a local Tamale legend, who served them curbside (before meddling health inspectors intervened).

2010 FIW Chapel Hill - Almond Safron CakeAnd for dessert, Chef Smith presented a perennial favorite from Kim Sunee’s Trail of Crumbs: Almond-Saffron Cake (recipe). He paired the tender, subtle cake with homemade orange sorbet and a generous dollop of whipped cream.

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October 13th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Summer 2010 Seaside, Florida Workshop

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Floating Island Writers' Workshop 2010 Seaside, FloridaLast summer, we held our first and very successful writing workshop in Seaside, FL. There were poignant stories, fish tacos, salted caramel cupcakes, wine, Champagne, the sea, a roving gourmand (aka Pableaux) who cooked up red beans and rice, twilight dancing, and so much more. I’ve received many requests to organize more writing workshops at the beach and elsewhere. This summer, we will launch another series and I’d like to welcome you to THE FLOATING ISLAND WRITERS’ WORKSHOP. Introductory and Advanced Workshops will focus on narrative nonfiction and memoir writing. However, as we evolve, we will also offer courses for writers of fiction, cookbooks/food, and poetry.

I am especially happy to announce that a wonderful chef will perform an in-house demo at the beginning of each 5-day session: Chef Suvir Saran will be joining us May 30th and 31st for an exclusive cooking demo and book signing. I’ve written about Suvir in past posts. He is the author of two wonderful cookbooks, Indian Home Cooking and American Masala. This is your chance to meet Suvir and learn hands-on some of his favorite recipes. Chef James Lewis of Birmingham, Alabama’s Bettola will join The Floating Island on June 6 and 7 for an exclusive pasta- and pizza-making demo.

The first sessions for 2010 will begin in Seaside, FL (with two sessions May 30-June 4; June 6-June 11). Future locations are New Orleans, San Francisco, New York, North Carolina, Paris…the possibilities are endless.

Each Floating Island Workshop will eventually host a guest writer/agent/editor and a guest chef/cookbook author for cooking demos, book signings, and special dinners.

Please kindly forward this info to your friends who love words, food, and travel. The first session of the Seaside workshop is already filling up. Also, please send along suggestions (in the comments section below) for future workshop locations, guest writers/agents/editors and guest chefs/cookbook authors.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon. Please see 2010 Floating Island Workshops PDF for more information, apply here, or contact us.

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February 15th, 2010 at 6:43 pm