Many of you have noticed and commented that, like Spring, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum is ALWAYS growing. Every time I walk through the museum, there are new artifacts, new exhibits, new things to learn and celebrate. Of course the ways to learn and celebrate go farther than the exhibits in the museum. As you will read in Liz Williams’ Director’s Desk Update, April is as jam-packed with events, cooking demos, lectures, symposiums, parties, as herb gardens will be with parsley, dill, tarragon, thyme, sage, cilantro, lavender, chamomile, and arugula this month. On the topic of April gardening, I’ll be representing the Southern Food and Beverage Museum at the Historic Virginia Garden Week tour this month. I’ll be at Randleston Farm on April 24 and 25. I’d be delighted to know if you plan on being there.
In March, I had the opportunity to talk about the Teen Culinary Club with Chef Tenney Flynn, Chef at GW Fins Restaurant, and Janee’ Taylor, President of the Teen Culinary Club at SoFAB, on the WWL-TV Morning Show. We are completing our first year of the program and it was great to be able to tell everyone a little bit about what we’ve been doing. Our final meeting of this school year will be in April and we hope to have many more teens join us. We are in the planning stages of the 2010-2011 school year program and we look forward to hearing from anyone who may want to participate as a sponsor or presenter. For information, email me. stephanieATsouthernfoodDOTorg. The Teen Culinary Club is for high school students with a strong interest in food and students who are interested in exploring a career in the food industry.
On that note, we would like to congratulate some wonderful people who already have outstanding careers in the food industry…
Congratulations to our current and former board members on their nominations for the James Beard 2010 Awards!
John Besh (Best American Cooking Cookbook: My New Orleans)
David Guas (Best Baking and Dessert Cookbook: DamGoodSweet)
Linton Hopkins (Best Chef in the Southeast: Restaurant Eugene)
Jessica Harris (Who’s Who of Food and Beverage In America Inductee)
Leah Chase (Who’s Who of Food and Beverage In America Inductee)
And Congratulations to all of our supporters who have appeared or helped the museum in some way for their 2010 James Beard nominations!
Susan Spicer (Who’s Who of Food and Beverage In America Inductee)
Jonathan Gold (Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review and
Best Writing on Spirits, Wine, or Beer)
Donald Link (Best American Cooking Cookbook: Real Cajun with Paula Disbrowe)
Emeril Lagasse (Best Television Special: Emeril Green: Emeril’s
Culinary Adventure: Napa)
John T. Edge (M.F.K. Fisher Distinguised Writing Award: Article in The
Matt and Ted Lee (Best American Cooking Cookbook: The Lee Bros.)
Stephanie Jane Carter