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Exclusive Events: Publishing Panels at McIntyre’s Books

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Author Frances MayesJoin workshop founder Kim Sunee, McIntyre’s Books founder Keebe Fitch, and an all-star cast of writers, editors, chefs, and cookbook authors for an evening of discussion about the state of food writing on October 13, 2010.

Fearrington House chef Colin Bedford will host a cocktail reception in the Fearrington House Garden Terrace from 4 p.m. to 5:30. Chef Bedford has finished writing two North American Relais & Chateaux cookbooks that are due out this fall, and he will be joined by culinary journalists from central North Carolina.

The two hour-long publishing panels will begin at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Keebe Fitch will moderate both panels with these confirmed attendees:

  • KIM SUNEE (workshop founder, magazine writer and editor, and author of the acclaimed memoir Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love and the Search for Home)
  • FRANCES MAYES (Pictured, right. special guest of the Floating Island Workshops and author of Under the Tuscan Sun and the wonderful new book Every Day in Tuscany)
  • SARA FOSTER (magazine writer and author of so many great cookbooks including a SIBA Best Book Fresh Everyday)
  • SHERI CASTLE (a professional recipe tester and author of the forthcoming The New Southern Garden Cookbook
  • RICA ALLANNIC (cookbook editor for Clarkson Potter, who worked with Andrea Reusing on the forthcoming COOKING IN THE MOMENT.)
  • ANDREA REUSING (author and chef at Lantern in Chapel Hill, NC)
  • LYNN ANDRIANI (a senior editor and the cookbook editor for Publishers Weekly)
  • ANDREA WEIGL (Food Writer, The News & Observer and Member, James Beard Foundation Awards Committee)

To register for the reception and panels ($35 per person), please visit McIntyre’s Books website or their EventBrite site.

Details

McIntyre’s Books
Reception and Publishing Panels
October 13, 2010
2000 Fearrington Village Center [map]
Pittsboro NC, 27312
(919) 542-3030
Reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Panels begin at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets $35 each, available at EventBrite

2010 Chapel Hill Workshop: Details

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Postcard - Chapel Hill 2010In about seven short weeks, fifteen talented writers will have the opportunity to hone their nonfiction skills with bestselling author Kim Sunee and meet/work with a host of celebrity authors and chefs at the Floating Island Workshops in Chapel Hill, NC. From Monday, October 11 to the 14th, attendees will receive professional critiques from Kim, dine and share stories with nationally renowned chefs, and more.

Workshop attendee benefits:

  • 4 days of workshopping
  • Catered lunch daily
  • Special lunch at Chef Bill Smith’s nationally renowned Crook’s Corner Restaurant
  • Roundtable Q & A with Frances Mayes, bestselling author of Under the Tuscan SunBella Tuscany and most recently Every Day in Tuscany
  • Wine tasting at Bonne Soiree with Chip Smith, Tina Vaughn and Damon Haynes

The $1,200 workshop fee includes the above features and events. To secure your spot, please fill out the online application and submit a 50 percent deposit.

Also, we have secured a group of rooms at The Franklin Hotel, in the heart of Chapel Hill, at a special room rate.  The Franklin Hotel’s special room rate expires September 17, so register and book your rooms today.

In addition to the week’s workshop activities, Floating Island is also hosting a number of additional events, available on an a la carte basis around the city. Some of those events include:

  • Family Dinner at Lantern with chef Andrea Reusing
  • Reception and two publishing panels at Fearrington House with authors and chefs including Sara Foster, Bill Smith, Andrea Reusing, Frances Mayes, and more, presented by Keebe Fitch
  • Additional tickets for the Bill Smith lunch

If you have any questions about the workshop or any of the events, please contact us and we will be glad to speak with you.

Exclusive Event: Lunch with Chef Bill Smith

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Chef Bill Smith

Chef Bill Smith

During a three-course lunch at Crook’s Corner (the Chapel Hill restaurant long known as “sacred ground for Southern foodies”), chef and author Bill Smith with share the ins and outs of how he came to write Seasoned in the South, a book of recipes and stories, named not only a New York Times Notable, but also a Food & Wine best book. Part cookbook and part memoir, Bill Smith’s Seasoned in the South was published by Algonquin Books, a literary publishing house which is a division of Workman Publishing, known for more standard cookbooks.

As intuitive a chef as he is a writer, Bill Smith is constantly writing from the kitchen—daily on Twitter and at more length on his blog, A Year in the Kitchen). His next book-length project involves Mexico and working with immigrants in the kitchen. A taste of this new project can be found in the Southern Foodway’s Alliance’s journal, Gravy.

We are looking forward to lunch with Bill Smith and hope you’ll join us. In the meantime, you can visit with Bill Smith on this YouTube post that follows him on the Libba Cotten Bike Path in Carrboro, NC—part of the process for making his famous Honeysuckle Sorbet.

The three-course lunch, with wine pairings, is included in the 2010 Chapel Hill Writers’ Workshop. And it is open to the public at the cost of $29 (tax and tip not included).Please reserve online, as seating is limited.

Lunch with Bill Smith at Crook’s Corner
Monday, October 11, 2010
Noon to 2 p.m.
Crook’s Corner
610 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC
Reservationsonline registration

Exclusive Event: Family Dinner at Lantern

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Chef Andrea Reusing

Chef Andrea Reusing

We are excited to announce an exclusive family-style meal at Chef Andrea Reusing’s nationally renowned Lantern Restaurant on Wednesday, October 13. Chef Reusing has an uncanny ability to take essential Asian flavors and bring them to life with the best local products North Carolina has to offer. Gourmet Magazine recognized Lantern as one of “America’s Top 50 Restaurants,” and Chef Reusing has been nominated for Best Chef in the Southeast by the James Beard Foundation.

Andrea’s first cookbook, Cooking in the Moment, is slated for release next year and promises to be brimming with beautifully seasonal recipes, and tales of simple local meals with family and friends. Click here for an interview with Chef Reusing.

The multi-course family-style meal with wine pairings will be offered at a set price of $95 including tax and tip, as well as a cocktail hour with snacks beginning at 6 p.m. Call Lantern today to reserve your seat, as space is limited.

Family Dinner at Lantern
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Cocktail Hour at 6 p.m.
Lantern Restaurant
423 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC
Reservations: (919) 969-8846 (credit card required)

Chapel Hill 2010: Chef Bill Smith, forager

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Last year, Bill Smith, a nationally recognized Chapel Hill chef, cookbook author and frequent forager, took Floating Island Workshops Director Kim Sunee on a trip to procure ingredients for one of his signature desserts at Crook’s Corner: honeysuckle sorbet. Chef Smith will host an exclusive lunch during our 2010 Chapel Hill workshop. (Full details in a future post.)

Making the sorbet:

(Sadly, Chef Smith’s honeysuckle sorbet is a spring dessert and will not be available for our lunch.)