Subhed goes hereyNorth Carolina’s food history and culture will be the focus of a two-day conference May 29 and 30 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Special Collections Library is sponsoring the event, “Carolina Cornucopia: A Conference on Foodways of the Tar Heel State.” The conference will explore “what we eat, how we eat, and how we talk about food in North Carolina,” said John Blythe of the North Carolina Collection.Panelists include Chapel Hill food writer Moreton Neal, who will speak about her late husband Bill Neal’s cookbook, “Bill Neal’s Southern Cooking.” This year marks the 30th anniversary of Neal’s classic book. Attendees can now register for the event being held at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The conference is free except for a Friday night wine reception and dinner, which costs $40. The dinner will feature UNC-TV personality Bob Garner and food writer Carroll Leggett talking about their favorite North Carolina food traditions. To see a schedule and register, go online: ncfoodways.web.unc.edu/. Blythe added 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 at the Wilson Library. “From Brunswick Stew to Barbecue: The Cookbook as Cultural History” opens June 18 and will be on view through Oct. 4.Subhed hereyTextSubhed hereyText
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