Get a true taste of the South from chef and author Virginia Willis Monday, Sept. 24, when Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEIKY) hosts her for a cooking demonstration and tasting at Sullivan University. Called one of "Seven Food Writers You Need to Know" by the Chicago Tribune, Willis will be offering dishes from her newest cookbook Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South starting at 7:30 p.m. at the former Winston’s restaurant, 3101 Bardstown Rd. Tickets are $60 per person. They include the demo followed by a reception of small plates and passed hors d’oeuvers, wine and cocktails featuring whiskey from family-owned-and-operated Willett Distillery. A special VIP reception begins at 6 p.m. It includes a bourbon mixology demonstration and tasting with Willett president and chief whiskey officer Dame Britt Kulsveen. Willis will present special appetizers to pair with the drinks. VIP guests will also receive a signed copy of her book and admission to the regular program. Cost is $100. For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-southern-chef-cookbook-author-virginia-willis-tickets-49161224546
The evening will feature more than a dozen dishes from Willis’ book including black pepper cream cheese biscuits with Kentucky country ham and pear mostarda, Kentucky soup beans with chow chow, and blackberry bourbon dumplings. All dishes will be prepared with help from Sullivan University students. Proceeds benefit LDEIKY scholarship program focused on improving the lives and careers of women in the food, fine beverage, and hospitality industries and Green Table fund, which aims to expand relationships among urban and rural farms and gardens to schools, restaurants and kitchen tables.
Georgia-born and French-trained, Willis is a 2016 James Beard Foundation Award of Excellence winner for her book Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome. She authors the popular column “Cooking with Virginia” for Southern Kitchen and Editor-at-Large for Southern Living and worked as a TV kitchen director for Martha Stewart Living, Bobby Flay and Nathalie Dupree. That’s in addition to her time spent in Michelin-starred restaurant kitchens and traveling the world writing food stories. Learn more about Virginia and follow her traveling exploits at www.virginiawillis.com.
About Les Dames d‘Escoffier International
LDEI is the only organization of its kind; a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The invitation-only membership is highly diversified and reflects the multi-faceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality. The organization includes more than 2,011 members in 36 chapters worldwide committed to improving the lives of women by providing leadership, educational opportunities and hosting philanthropic events within the communities they serve. For more information, visit LDEI.org or follow on Facebook.
About Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies
Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies prepares students for careers in the hospitality field by offering four associate of science degrees, a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management and a Master of Business Administration degree with a hospitality management option. Students can earn an associate of science degree in culinary arts; baking and pastry arts; hotel and restaurant management; and event management and tourism. The University also offers professional baker, professional cook, personal/private chef and tourism diplomas. All programs of study are taught by highly qualified faculty using the latest contemporary facilities. For more information, visit www.sullivan.edu.