The Gleeful Gourmand: JLR's 69th Book and Author Event

Thursday, April 3, 2014

JLR's 69th Book and Author Event

Calling all RVA Foodies and Book Lovers!

The Junior League of Richmond, together with Dominion Resources, is hosting the 69th Book and Author Event Wednesday, April 30th. This annual Richmond tradition features a luncheon and dinner with seven acclaimed authors and is the longest-running literary event of its kind in the United States. Last year's event raised over $53,000 to assist the League in its mission to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

This year is particularly exciting for food-lovers and also fans of the highly-praised HBO series, Treme, because one of the authors speaking at the dinner is Lolis Eric Elie who recently published "Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans." Elie is a New Orleans-born writer and filmmaker who wrote for the series Treme, and the author of "Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country." He's also a former columnist for The Times-Picayune, and his work has been featured in Gourmet, Washington Post, the New York Times, and Bon Appétit.

The 69th Book and Author Event includes a luncheon at 12:00 p.m. at the Country Club of Virginia where you can dine with the authors in a more intimate setting. The dinner will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) Autograph sessions with the authors will follow both events.

To purchase tickets and get more details please click here, or go to: It's sure to be a great event!

P.S. - I've been making my way through Elie's "Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans" the past few days, and will be posting a review, and also trying my hand at one (or maybe two) of the 100 heritage and contemporary recipes in the next few days, so please check back for updates! What I can say so far is: Wow. Yes, there are recipes from the likes of Eric Ripert and David Chang, but it's the creative, stunning writing that's really been knocking me off my feet, and how much I've been learning about Cajun and Creole cooking.


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