CRAIG CLAIBORNE: MISSISSIPPI BOY MAKES GOOD, DEFINES AND DEIFIES AMERICAN COOKERY

Craig ClaiborneFriday, June 12, 2009
6:00 p.m. at Astor Center NYC

In New York City, the Southern Foodways Alliance and the State of Mississippi hosted a discussion and celebration of the life and work of Craig Claiborne, the Sunflower, Mississippi, native who, over the course of a twenty-five plus year career at the New York Times, catalyzed and catalogued an American culinary renaissance.

Discussants: DAVID KAMP, contributing editor, Vanity Fair, author, The United States of Arugula. JACQUES PÉPIN, author of more than twenty cookbooks, star of more than a dozen PBS programs, and author of a memoir, The Apprentice.

Moderator: PETE WELLS, dining editor, The New York Times, columnist, New York Times Magazine.

To drink: Champagne

To eat: Tastes of Claiborne’s Mississippi: ANN CASHION, native of Jackson, Mississippi, chef, Johnny’s Half Shell, Washington, D.C.; JOHN CURRENCE, chef, City Grocery, Oxford, Mississippi; TAYLOR BOWEN RICKETTS, chef, Delta Bistro, Greenwood, Mississippi.

The Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, in October 2009, awarded its first Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award. This event served as the formal announcement of that initiative.

To view a recording of the panel discussion, click here.