April 20: Appalachian Dinner with Ronni Lundy

Big Jones, Paul Fehribach’s Chicago restaurant, announces an author dinner for April 20, 2017 with acclaimed author Ronni Lundy in celebration of her new book, Victuals: an Appalachian Journey, with recipes.

Ronni’s groundbreaking Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes, and Honest Fried Chicken was one of the first cookbooks to use personal stories, including many of country music’s most beloved performers, to drive the narrative of a regional cuisine; it is one of the most important documentary cookbooks of the Mountain South.

Victuals is breathtaking in both prose and imagery, and the recipes create a tapestry out of Appalachian cooking that belies the media-driven image of mountain folk, instead offering a picture of community, industry, and art that ushers the reader into empathy with people who cling to the mountains against all odds.

This dinner will be a Piggybank Dinner benefit for the Southern Foodways Alliance to further their work of documenting and celebrating the changing foodways of the American South.

Mark will put together a special playlist of mountain music from his substantial collection; Paul, Rey, and crew will man the kitchen to bring forth recipes from Victuals; Ronni will hold court, tell stories and sign books; SFA documentary films will be shown. By the end of the evening, you’ll be as smitten with the mountains as we are.

Reservations can be made by calling 773-275-5725. Reserve early; it will sell out.