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All About Grits at Millers All Day


CHARLESTON, SC- Think you know your favorite breakfast food? It's time to think again. During a lively discussion with grits expert and author Nathalie Dupree, farmer and miller Greg Johnsman, and author Erin Byers Murray of, Grits: A Cultural and Culinary Journey Through the South, we'll look at the history of this iconic dish and its journey to the modern table.

From its humble origins, to the rise of shrimp and grits, to its place in contemporary Southern culture as a vehicle to preserve the past, the conversation will give a better understanding of this beloved staple. 

The panel celebration of the classic Southern dish will occur Thursday, March 7 from 4-5 pm. The event is open to the public and will feature a milling demonstration in addition to the panel. Light snacks and drinks will be served.  

About the Panelists

Erin Murray is the moderator of the panel. She is a Nashville-based food writer and magazine editor with several published cookbooks. Her latest book, Grits: A Cultural and Culinary Journey Through the South, looks at the evolution of grits in Southern cuisine and culture.

 Greg Johnsman, co-owner of Millers All Day and owner of Geechie Boy Mill & Grits is a featured panelist. His mill is in the front window of the restaurant and continues to be a focal point for his restaurant.

 With fourteen cookbooks and more than 300 television shows and specials under her belt, featured panelist Nathalie Dupree is the crowned queen of Southern culinary. She is known for her cookbooks that focus on classic Southern cuisine.


Millers All Day is a restaurant located at 120 King Street in Charleston, S.C. It offers Southern-style breakfast all day, every day as well as cocktails and happy hour menu. It can be reached at 843.501.7342 or

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Southern Food Writing Conference

Join me at this year's Southern Food Writing Conference in Knoxville, TN! Tied to the International Biscuit Festival, this first-class writers' conference brings together great minds from across the food world. I'll be speaking about the art of facing rejection... but more importantly, some of my serious food writing heroes will be there, like Kim Severson, Kat Kinsman, and so many others. PLUS, the conference includes dinner at Blackberry Farm! I was lucky enough to attend last year and can attest that it is entirely worth the trip Would love to see you in Knoxville!

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2015 Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend

Join me at the North American Oyster Showcase during the Hangout Oyster Cook-Off in Gulf Shores, Alabama!

This fall, I'm teaming up with the good folks behind the Hangout Festival to curate a selection of about 30 oysters from around the U.S., which festival goers can slurp and savor.

There will be plenty of oysters (naturally) plus great beers and really good music. Chefs from around the country will also be on hand, including Nashville's Matt Bolus from The 404 Kitchen. See you at Gulf Shores!

Find tickets here.

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Dirty Pages Exhibit at The Southern Food & Beverage Museum

Dirty Pages is headed South! Join us in New Orleans on November 5.

When my partners, Jennifer Justus, Cindy Wall, and I set out to create the Dirty Pages exhibit here in Nashville in March 2015, we had no idea it would receive so much attention. (Thank you, Kim Severson!)

It was so well-received, in fact, that after setting up shop at spots around Nashville, like the Nashville Farmers' Market and Conexión Américas, it's now headed to its permanent home inside The Southern Food & Beverage Museum. We'll be journeying down, with a small entourage in tow, to celebrate the opening of the exhibit on November 5.

Join us for a sneak preview of the exhibit with a dinner by Chef Ryan Hughes of Purloo. The event takes place Thursday, November 5th at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $65 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Specialty cocktails by Carmine Portenza, full bar, and wine will be available at the historic Brunnings bar. Chef Ryan Hughes' menu includes:

  • Southern board, pimento cheese, smoked lamb, green tomato chutney, deviled eggs Meunière, fried pickles, and boiled peanuts
  • Lowcountry style she-crab bisque, finished with Madeira
  • Smothered oxtails with black eyed peas, green onion rice, and sweet potato souflee
  • Buttermilk custard chess pie topped with blackberries, salted caramel sauce, and a red wine reduction

For reservations, please call Purloo directly at 504-324-6020.

See you there!

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The New England Kitchen hits Nashville!

Boston chef Jeremy Sewall is headed to Nashville for two book events: A dinner at The 404 Kitchen and a signing at Parnassus Books. Join Jeremy and his co-author Erin Byers Murray and pick up your copy of The New England Kitchen!

Dinner Details:

Chef Jeremy will join Chef Matt Bolus at The 404 Kitchen for an indulgent five-course feast.

When: January 28, 2015. 6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. dinner
Where: The 404 Kitchen, 404 12th Avenue South, Nashville, 615-251-1404;
Price: $125 per person includes a signed copy of The New England Kitchen and five courses paired with wine (tax and gratuity not included)
Reservations: Limited seating available. For reservations, call 615-251-1404.

Raw Oysters + Live Scallop Crudo
Sparkling Vouvray, Charles Bove "methode traditionelle" Loire, France

1st Course
Fluke Carpaccio, blood orange, tarragon, smoked salmon roe, crispy shallots
Bianco Veronese, Musella, "Del Drago" Veneto, Italy

2nd Course
Chitarra tossed in Uni with a Poached Egg, Caviar, and Bianchetti truffles.
Aligote, De Villaine, "Bouzeron" Burgundy, France

3rd Course
Baked Stuffed Lobster, brioche "stuffing," winter vegetables
Chardonnay, Ramey Sonoma Coast

Butterscotch Pudding, whipped cream, caramelized pecans
Vinsanto, Cossimo Maria Massimo "Fedardo" Tuscany, Italy

Book Signing Details:

Following the dinner on Thursday, January 29, Jeremy and Erin will be at Parnassus Books for a discussion and signing.

When: Thursday, January 29, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, 615-953-2243;
Price: Free; books available for purchase

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