Update May 26, 2015: Registration is now closed for the Carolina Cornucopia conference.
Take some of the state’s best food writers, documentarians, and thinkers; add in a touch of history, geography, and local ingredients; and you have all the makings of Carolina Cornucopia: A Conference on Foodways of the Tar Heel State.
Registration is now open for the conference, which will take place May 29 and 30 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.
The North Carolina Collection at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library is sponsoring the event, which is free, except for the optional dinner program on Friday night.
The conference goal is to explore “what we eat, how we eat, and how we talk about food in North Carolina,” said one of the conference organizers, John Blythe of the North Carolina Collection.
Panelists will dig into topics ranging from food in early North Carolina to recent food documentaries and food in blogs, podcasts, and social media.
Chef and food writer Moreton Neal will be part of a panel centered on her late husband’s book, Bill Neal’s Southern Cooking. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Neal’s now-classic exploration of the region’s cuisine.
Guests at the wine reception and dinner on May 29 ($40 per person) will hear from UNC-TV personality Bob Garner and food writer Carroll Leggett about their favorite food finds along North Carolina’s highways and back roads.
Blythe said that the inspiration for the conference is the Library’s growing collection of local and community cookbooks. A selection of these will be on view over the summer as part of a free public exhibition in Wilson Library. From Brunswick Stew to Barbecue: The Cookbook as Cultural History opens June 18 and will be on view through October 4.
- Carolina Cornucopia: A Conference on Foodways of the Tar Heel State (conference website)