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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Celebrity Chef Nathalie Dupree Visits Winston-Salem!

Winston-Salem is again excited to host celebrity chef Nathalie Dupree during its An Evening of Southern Food event to kick off the Salute! NC Wine Festival in downtown Winston-Salem this Saturday. I'll be there with my mouth watering and fingers crossed I get to be pop up on stage for a taste with any of the three featured chefs! (I resisted the urge to name this post "You, Me & Nathalie Dupree!" You're welcome.) 

Live Cooking Demos

The event features fun interactive LIVE chef demonstration by local celebrity chefs in their own right,  Chef Jeff Bacon of Triad Community Kitchen and Tim Grandinetti of Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen and Bar, followed by Chef Nathalie Dupree, who will explore some classic Southern recipes with a new twist.  Nathalie will feature two dishes that incorporate local southern food and progresses step-by-step so that the audience can follow along and ask questions. Michael Hastings, Food Editor of the Winston-Salem Journal will be the Master of Ceremonies and will talk us through the chef demonstrations.  

The Food & Wine
Chef Grandinetti's NC Pork with duck
fat roasted potatoes

As a teaser for the event, they've released the dazzling menu being prepared for Chef Tim Grandinetti's food demonstration: Pan Roasted North Carolina Pork with Coffee, Chocolate, Cinnamon and Texas Pete Chipotle Chile Glaze Duck Fat Roasted Potates! A few lucky members of the audience will get to join the chefs onstage for a sneak a taste. 

Don't worry, they haven't forgotten that this event is part of Salute! Wine Festival! Guests will enjoy some fine North Carolina wine, as well as small bites, and get to enjoy a custom ice sculpture for the event by Fire & Ice! Attendees will go home with the recipes demonstrated.

Celebrity Chef Nathalie Dupree

South Carolinian Nathalie Dupree is a best-selling author with 15 cookbooks and more than 300 television shows for The Food Network, PBS, and The Learning Channel. The Founding Chairman of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, she also was a founder of Southern Foodways, the Atlanta and Charleston Chapters of Les Dames d' Escoffier, the American Institute of Wine and Food and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, of which she was two-time President.

But don't let all those credentials intimidate you. I was thrilled to attend a wonderful biscuit-making demonstration by Dupree held at the local treasure of a farm-to-table restaurant Mary's Gourmet Diner (pictured here). Nathalie is both down-to-earth and funny while she delivers great cooking instruction and general good advice. My biscuits have never been better!

Me & Nathalie Dupree with her
cookbook Southern Biscuits

Book Signing

There will also be a chance to get your favorite Nathalie Dupree cookbooks signed, sponsored by BookMarks Book Festival. I had her sign her cookbook Southern Biscuits for me (because, obvi, How could I not??) and another for a wedding gift. In this book not only are there recipes of many biscuit variations, but also helpful instruction on why and how: the use of different flours, biscuit and pan placement and the way your oven heats.


Tickets are still available for the Salute! Presents: An Evening of Southern Food with Nathalie Dupree. At only $30, this is a great deal for a celebrity chef cooking demonstration including two local chefs, wine and small bites! Tickets are available online, by calling 336-727-7403 and by visiting the Winston-Salem Journal offices at 418 N. Marshall St. Note: Must by 21 or older with valid ID to attend.

If you go, post your photos and Tweet using hashtag #SouthernFoodWS so we can follow and
Chef Bacon's catfish with caramelized
ramps & tomato jam


An Evening of Southern Food with Nathalie Dupree
Friday, May 30, 2014
6:30 PM

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