Top southern and African American chefs will come together this month to celebrate the grande dame of southern cookery: Edna Lewis.
The granddaughter of a former slave, Ms. Lewis was a chef, cookbook author and teacher. Her second cookbook, The Country Cookbook (published in 1976), was the first-ever cookbook written by an African American woman about African American cookery that gained national fame. Ms. Lewis spent many of her later years in Atlanta, and passed away in 2006 at the age of 89.
The Edna Lewis Foundation will host its second annual birthday fundraiser on Saturday, April 13th at the City Club of Buckhead. Founded in January 2012 by Chef Joe Randall of Chef Joe Randall’s Cooking School in Savannah, the Edna Lewis Foundation is dedicated to the study and preservation of African-American food traditions.
The evening will begin with a Bourbon tasting provided by mixologist Clay Livingston and Chef Art Smith of the Southern Art and Bourbon Bar.
Following hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Charlie Hatney of the City Club of Buckhead, guests will enjoy a five-course dinner. Participating chefs include Chef Kevin Mitchell of the Culinary Institute of Charleston; Chef Todd Richards of The Shed at Glenwood (and 2013 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast Award Nominee); Chef Duane Nutter of the Lush Life Restaurant Group; Chef Darryl Evans of the City Club of Buckhead; and Chef Jennifer Booker of Your Resident Gourmet.
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Tickets for the dinner cost $125 per person and may be purchased online. Net proceeds will benefit the foundation and its programs.
For more information on the Edna Lewis Foundation or to join, visit www.ednalewisfoundation.org.
The Edna Lewis Foundation’s Birthday Celebration Dinner, Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 6pm. City Club of Buckhead, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.
photo credit: Edna Lewis Foundation
Chefs Cary Neff, Art Smith and Joe Randall at the 2012 event.