Special Event: 10/19 Taste & Sounds of Appalachia Dinner

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Special Event: 10/19 Taste & Sounds of Appalachia Dinner

75.00

We invite you to join us for a very special night featuring traditional Appalachian food and foodways. Our special guests Katie Hoffman and Brett Tiller of Vintage Kitchen Cast Iron and Collectibles will highlight the history and preservation of Appalachian food and culture. This hands-on cooking demonstration will be laced with music and storytelling. Brett and Katie teach us how to make some delicious regional dishes, and we’ll all work together—Appalachian style—to create a dinner to be remembered. During the meal, Katie will sing some traditional Appalachian ballads and Brett will play his bluegrass banjo. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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The class will be lead by Chef Jenny Tremblay West, who will prepare an apple stack cake for the event. Brett and Katie will have a collection of their lovingly restored vintage cast iron pans available for purchase throughout the event. 

Menu: Cornbread made with home-grown and hand-milled corn meal and slathered with sorghum butter; “kilt” lettuce and onions; soup beans; and chicken and dumplings. There will be fried apple pies made with heirloom apples from the Tiller orchard, apple stack cake, and moonshine cocktails. Expect a few tasty surprises, too.

Katie Hoffman grew up in Richmond, VA. She is a lover of all things Appalachian—including music, food, literature, and the landscape. Katie’s PhD is in English (UT Knoxville, 2008), but her specialty is really Appalachian Studies. She’s a singer of traditional Appalachian ballads and a singer/songwriter with a CD to her credit, Beautiful Day. The CD features 9 of Katie’s original songs. It was produced by Raymond McLain and features the incredible talent of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Band. Katie also co-chaired the Appalachian section of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall in Washington, DC during the summer of 2003. She was the traditional music producer for a 4-part PBS series entitled Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People. After 20-plus years as an academic, she is now a consultant and performer with a business of her own, Appalworks, which promotes Appalachian arts and culture. She is also the Marketing and Promotions Director for a non-profit online farmer’s market that operates in the Richmond, VA area: Fall Line Farms and Local Roots. When it comes to Vintage Kitchen Cast Iron and Collectibles, Katie serves as the sales force—keeping the website and social media up to date, and working with clients and retail outlets to ensure that Brett’s handiwork gets out into the public where folks can admire (and buy) it. Current projects include drying apples and trying to learn to make a perfect custard pie.

Brett C. Tiller grew up in Lebanon, Virginia on top (literally) of a mountain. He was required to milk the cow before he could go to school “of a mornin’.” Brett works for a small firm called Host Enginieering in Sulphur Springs, TN as an electronics technician. He can fix anything—lawn mowers, mixers, radios, and—you guessed it—cast iron! As a high schooler, Brett became interested in bluegrass, and received a banjo as a graduation present. After a couple of years of lessons, he put it away to become a respectable member of society. Lucky for us, Brett decided at age 39 to pick the banjo back up again. In 2005, he became part of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass program. He has been a member of the Rockingham Road bluegrass band since 2007. Brett loves to cook and garden, and he also loves to haunt flea markets and antique shops looking for neglected cast iron that he can bring back to life. Several years ago, Brett’s father decided to sell his large collection of vintage cast iron, and Vintage Kitchen Cast Iron and Collectibles was born. You can see Brett’s attention to detail in each piece of carefully restored cast iron we sell. He’s the restoration expert at Vintage Kitchen, and he makes those pans really shine.