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IN-PERSON! Edible North Carolina: In conversation with Marcie Cohen Ferris, Andrea Reusing, and Courtney Lewis

December 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – $35.00

Join us for an evening celebrating Edible North Carolina, in conversation with editor Marcie Cohen Ferris, Lantern chef Andrea Reusing, and Duke University professor and anthropologist Courtney Lewis.

About the book:

Edible North Carolina documents and shares the vibrant voices and places of North Carolina’s contemporary food movement—an exciting intersection of culinary excellence, creative entrepreneurship, changing populations, historic yet evolving foodways, and a commitment to protect and sustain food resources for generations to come. Twenty new, never-before-published works will be commissioned for this signature collection written by the state and region’s best journalists, farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, scholars, and food activists. The first volume of its kind to expansively consider the power and reach of North Carolina’s food movement, this book convincingly argues how a vital food system contributes to the economy, attracts new residents, builds tourism, supports sustainable growth, and enhances the region’s image and reputation.

About Marcie Cohen Ferris:

Born and raised in northeastern Arkansas, Ferris’s deep attachment to the study of place and the American South is rooted in her childhood. For over forty years, she has studied, documented, interpreted, exhibited, taught, and written about the South, largely through its foodways, material culture, and the southern Jewish experience. She’s committed to fostering the creative economies of a diverse, equitable, vibrant region. Ferris’s major publications include: The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region and Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South, and she co-authored Jewish Roots in Southern Soil: A New History. Ferris is the editor of Edible North Carolina: A Journey Across a State of Flavor (UNC Press, 2022), an exploration of the contemporary food movement in North Carolina, including 20 essays, the photography of Baxter Miller, and 20 recipes.

About Andrea Reusing:

Chef Andrea Reusing collaborates with small farms in her marriage of North Carolina ingredients and Asian flavors at her Chapel Hill, NC restaurant, Lantern. Since opening in 2002 it has been named one of “America’s Top 50 Restaurants” and “best farm-to-table restaurants” by Gourmet, as one of “America’s 50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences” by Food & Wine and as “Restaurant of the Year” in 2009 by The News & Observer. Reusing is the 2011 winner of the James Beard award for Best Chef: Southeast and serves on the boards of the Center of Environmental Farming Systems and Chefs Collaborative. She has written for Saveur, Domino, Fine Cooking, Gourmet.com and the News & Observer. Reusing’s first book, Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes, was named one of 2011’s most notable cookbooks by the New York Times. She lives with her husband and their children in Chapel Hill.

About Courtney Lewis:

Associate Professor Courtney Lewis (Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill, 2012) is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, whose research explores the themes of native sovereignty, economic justice, and the ethnography of tribal capitalism, focusing on small businesses in the Cherokee Qualla Boundary in the North Carolina mountains. Her prize-winning book, Sovereign Entrepreneurs: Cherokee Small-Business owners and the Making of Economic Sovereignty (UNC Press) is driven by a powerful sense of moral as well as scholarly engagement with issues of social justice and native sovereignty insofar as developing tribal businesses is a key aspect of 21st century American Indian life.  The book is regarded as one of the most original anthropology books about Native America today. Dr. Lewis’ developing research addresses American Indian food sovereignty.

IN-PERSON! Edible North Carolina: In conversation with Marcie Cohen Ferris, Andrea Reusing, and Courtney Lewis


December 7
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – $35.00
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