Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Local Celebrity Chefs at "Books and Cooks"

Well, this looks like a very fun and educational event: "Books and Cooks" will be held this Thursday, October 25, at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center in Winter Park, Fla., from 6:00-9:00 p.m. This "culinary-themed celebration of literature", includes a panel of chefs, book signings, cocktails, and - the best part - a variety of food trucks! 5 Gastronomy, La Empanada, and Heartsong Bakery will be on hand to provide delicious, gourmet dinner and desserts.

The chef panel features Food Network Star finalist Emily Ellyn, James and Julie Petrakis, chef owners of The Ravenous Pig and Cask and Larder; Norman Van Aken, chef-owner of Norman's at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, and Heather McPherson, food editor at the Orlando Sentinel. All panelists will remain after the event to sign books and talk to the audience. James and Julie just came out with a new cookbook: "The Ravenous Pig: Seasons of Florida", that I am excited to get. The food is so on-point at both of their restaurants, that it would be nice to try making some of their recipes myself.

The $10 admission to Books and Cooks includes the choice of wine, beer, or a cocktail; and gourmet caramel popcorn from The Ravenous Pig. Tickets can be purchased at www.wppl.org. It is neat how a portion of the proceeds from book sales at the event will be used to support the Winter Park Library.

Where: 2050 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park. Fla.

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