A look at how we prepare, eat and talk about food across the Old North State. What’s traditional? And what’s new? What are regional varieties within the state? How do cookbooks create and reflect communities? Cooks, writers, filmmakers, historians and others will address these questions and more.

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May 29-May 30, 2015. See the schedule for details.


The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Confirmed participants include

  • Kelly Alexander, author, Peaches
  • D.L. Anderson, filmmaker and photographer; director of photographey and editor, Un Buen Carnicero
  • Ben Barker, retired chef and owner, Magnolia Grill; author (with Karen Barker), Not Afraid of Flavor: Recipes from Magnolia Grill
  • Victoria Bouloubasis, journalist and food writer; director, Un Buen Carnicero
  • Students of “Carolina Cooks, Carolina Eats”: Katy Clune, Claire Cusick, Rachel Kirby, Caroline Miller, Sol Weiner
  • Sheri Castle, author, The Southern Living Community Cookbook: Celebrating Food and Fellowship in the American South
  • Jefferson Currie II, folklorist and collaborator, Work and Cook and Eat: Lumbee Indians of North Carolina Oral History Project
  • Elizabeth Engelhardt, professor, Department of American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill; co-editor, The Larder: Food Studies Methods from the American South
  • James Ferguson, lecturer, Department of History, UNC-Chapel Hill; director, Carolina Global Food Program, Global Research Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Marcie Cohen Ferris, professor, Department of American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill; author, The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region
  • Bob Garner, television personality; author, Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm
  • Tom Hanchett, staff historian, Levine Museum of the New South
  • Vivián Joiner, co-owner, Sweet Potatoes Restaurant, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Carroll Leggett, writer and contributor to Edible Piedmont magazine
  • Clarissa Clifton Lynch, food historian, Archibald Smith Plantation; author, One Hearth, One Pot: For Love of Food and History
  • Nancie McDermott, author, Southern Cakes: Sweet and Irresistable Recipes for Everyday Celebrations; founder, Culinary Historians of Piedmont North Carolina
  • April McGreger, owner, Farmer’s Daughter; author, Sweet Potatoes
  • Kate Medley, photojournalist and filmmaker; director and producer, Counter Histories series
  • Adrian Miller, culinary historian; author, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time
  • Nikki Miller-Ka, blogger, Nik Snacks; podcaster, Tart & Tangy Triad
  • Debbie Moose, columnist, The News & Observer; author, Buttermilk
  • Kay Moss, author, Seeking the Historical Cook: Exploring Eighteenth-Century Southern Foodways
  • Moreton Neal, food columnist; former owner and chef, Restaurant La Residence; author, Remembering Bill Neal: Favorite Recipes from a Life in Cooking
  • David Perry, former editor-in-chief, University of North Carolina Press; co-author (with Bill Neal), Good Old Grits Cookbook: Have Grits Your Way
  • John Shelton Reed, co-author (with Dale Volberg Reed), Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue
  • Miriam Rubin, food and gardening columnist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; author, Tomatoes
  • Stephanie Tyson, co-owner, Sweet Potatoes Restaurant, Winston-Salem, N.C.; author, Well, Shut My Mouth! The Sweet Potatoes Restaurant Cookbook
  • Emily Wallace, deputy editor, Southern Cultures; writer and illustrator
  • Andrea Weigl, food writer, The News & Observer; author, Pickles & Preserves


Update May 26, 2015: Registration is required for all attendees and is now closed.

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