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An Evening of Southern Food

Jun 2, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

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Event Summary

Join us for an interactive and fun LIVE chef demonstration, featuring Restaurateur, Chef & Author Lucy Buffett (Jimmy Buffett's sister).  Alongside local Winston-Salem chefs, Lucy explores some "classic southern food recipes" with a new twist.  An author and foodie, Lucy's demonstration is the main feature presentation for the event. The chefs not only get to present their talented culinary skills, but they are able to interact with the audience, whether it be sharing stories or asking someone to join them onstage to sneak a taste. Lucy will feature two dishes that incorporate local southern food and progresses step-by-step so that the audience can follow along and ask questions.  

Other guests this evening include:

Chef Jeff Bacon, Providence Restaurant and Triad Community Kitchen, Winston-Salem, NC.

Chef Paul Schender, Garner Foods & Texas Pete, Winston-Salem, NC

For more info about Lucy, click here.

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

251 Spruce Street North
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Event Details

Guests will also enjoy some fine North Carolina wine and beer, as well as small bites.  Michael Hastings, Food Editor of the Winston-Salem Journal will be our Master of Ceremonies and will talk us through the chef demonstrations.

 Lucy Buffett will also be available for a book signing directly after the demos, thanks to our friends at Bookmarks!  

*****  Tickets also available for purchase at Winston-Salem Journal office- park in visitor lot on N. Spruce St. near W. Fifth Street.  M-F, 8:30-5:00.*****

Evening of Southern Food is presented by Garner Foods (Texas Pete and Green Mountain Gringo)... and produced by the Winston-Salem Journal. 

Demo recipes will be made available to all attendees of this event.

Must be at least 21 years of age (with valid ID).

Parking is available in the Milton Rhodes Center parking lot directly across Spruce St. from the building.

This year, we will feature beverages from RayLen Vineyards, Childress Vineyards and Hoots Beer Co.

The Salute! NC Wine Celebration to be held on Saturday, June 3, is produced by Downtown W-S Partnership.

Evening of Southern Food Hotel Package info!

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel
51 East Fourth Street 
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Use this link for the Evening of Southern Food package: $189-$209 per night + tax

Historic Brookstown Inn
200 Brookstown Ave.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Use this link for the Salute! weekend package: $226.99 + tax 

Overnight accommodations at the Historic Brookstown Inn
Two tickets to Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration
Two tickets to “An Evening of Southern Food"
Evening wine and cheese reception at the Inn, featuring NC wines
Freshly baked cookies and milk at bedtime
Hot breakfast
Complimentary wireless internet access and on-site parking

About Lucy Buffett

Lucy Anne Buffett is a self-proclaimed gypsy rebel, having come from a long line of sailors, salesmen, storytellers, and generation after generation of staunch, Southern matriarchs who were stellar cooks. The little sister of singer Jimmy Buffett, Lucy was born in Mobile, Alabama, to Mississippi natives Mary Loraine “Peets” Buffett and James Delaney Buffett Jr. She cites two central themes that have molded her journey and made her the woman that she is: “First, that I am Southern—and not just Southern but Coastal Southern. And second is my love of food, cooking, and entertaining.”
Through many adventures—and she would say a few misadventures—Lucy has raised two daughters, traveled, lived, and cooked her way from New Orleans to Los Angeles to New York City, working, as a caterer, as a personal assistant, and even as a chef on a yacht in Belize. In her forties, thoughts of family and memories of a childhood steeped in the richness of coastal life on Mobile Bay resonated and she felt the call to return to her native Gulf Coast home. It didn’t take Lucy long before she was expressing her love of cooking and entertaining by opening a modest little restaurant called LuLu’s Sunset Grill in a beautiful spot on Week’s Bay, Alabama, where, “Life is good and lunch lasts forever.” LuLu’s was little more than a bait shop/outdoor burger joint & bar but it quickly developed a following. When after five years of big fun and good food, the lease on her little corner of the bay was not renewed, Lucy was determined to throw a party, move forward, and keep on cooking, finding herself a larger location on the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The move over to Gulf Shores was anything but typical—in fact, Lucy and her devoted crew loaded the whole apparatus of LuLu’s onto a 150-foot barge and literally floated her “high-class dive” (the infamous boat stage with live band playing included) to its new home. “Why be normal?” she says. “I keep my dreams going by riding out the storms and adjusting to the tides.” And keep going she does. Her little Sunset Grill & bait shop has grown into two locations—Gulf Shores, AL and Destin, Florida where over a million people visit to eat delicious food, listen to great music, play by the water, and have fun. LuLu’s is testament to hard work and a lot of creativity and proves that dreams can come true; throw in some good food, friends, and family, and it’s downright magical. It’s what Lucy calls “Gumbo Love”.



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