The Tampa Tribune’s food writer since 2005, Jeff Houck covers the way people live through their food. He also hosts the Table Conversations food podcast and believes that everything crunchy is good.
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Coming To St. Pete This Month: Anthony Bourdain, John T. Edge [Advice: Run, Don’t Walk]
Posted Nov 2, 2010 by Jeff Houck
Updated Nov 2, 2010 at 02:36 PM
Food fans are in for a treat this month with two outstanding food writers coming to the area.
First up is John T. Edge, which Tampa Bay Foodways describes as “a disciple of Southern food, a founder and ringleader of the mighty Southern Foodways Alliance, and writer of all things sweet and greasy.” Edge appears at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies theater. The institute is at 801 3rd St. S., in St Petersburg.
Tampa Bay Foodways, founded by USF librarian and food historian Andy Huse, says Edge will be speaking on the potential of food-related organizations. He’ll be showing films created by the alliance. After the talk, refreshments will be provided by The Taco Bus in the courtyard of the Williams/Snell Houses at USF St. Pete.
I met John T. in 2006 when he spoke at the Association of Food Journalists convention in Charlotte, N.C. He did a fascinating presentation on the history of southern colas and how the palate south of the Mason-Dixon Line has changed in recent years. He passed along this fascinating map of how the country divides itself along the “soda,” “pop” or “Coke” nomenclature.
Edge also edited the 2008 book “Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing,” (University of Georgia Press, $17.95). I loved the pieces on corn dogs, moon pies and the clash of Italian food in Kentucky. A corresponding group of stories written “before” and “after” Hurricane Katrina were powerful reminders of how quickly that Southern flavor heritage can be damaged and how durable Southern cooks showed themselves to be in the aftermath.
As if that wasn’t enough for your November food calendar, Anthony Bourdain, host of “No Reservations” on the Travel Channel. Bourdain appears at the Mahaffey Theater on Nov. 19.
Bourdain does somewhat of a free-form show in which he talks about set topics for about half of his time on stage and then answers questions from the audience for the second half.
I checked with folks at Mahaffey today. They said that tickets still remain for the show. The $40 and $50 tickets are still available, but the $125 and $60 ones are sold out.
* The $125 ticket? That was for a VIP pass. It included:
* 1 VIP seating ticket exclusively located within the first 6 rows
* Exclusive access to post-show reception meet & greet with Anthony Bourdain featuring hors d’oeuvres
* A photo opportunity
* Limited edition Anthony Bourdain tour poster (numbered exclusive to ticket packages)
* Limited edition VIP tour meet & greet laminate.
What can you expect from a Bourdain show? Here’s a sample from his Lakeland appearance in January: