The Big Jones Cookbook Release Party!

Cookbook cover finalized - quarter size (896x1280)

The day is drawing near, folks! The official release party for the Big Jones Cookbook on University of Chicago Press will be Wednesday, May 6! We are planning a feast of recipes from the book, all of them Big Jones classics, some are rarities nowadays, others seasonal to early spring, and still others will be familiar from recent menus. Cocktails from the book will be paired along the way, dear friend and musical mentor to Mark and me, Paul Yamada a.k.a. DJ Pi, will prepare a special playlist for the evening, and good times will flow like a bathtub of fine punch.

After much consideration, we have decided to offer two separate tickets for the evening: one for Supper and one for “Cake and Cocktails,” to accommodate different tastes and potentially tight weeknight schedules (o.k., never mind, it’s actually because we really wanted to have a Cake and Cocktails party) we will offer a prix-fixe family-style supper from 6-8, and a cake and cocktail party from 8 until the wee hours. This way, if you have no interest in dessert or a bacchanalian night of drinking, you can join us for supper and bid us good night. If 6:00 is just too early, or perhaps you’re vegetarian and unable to join us for dinner, you can come late and enjoy cocktails and layer cakes with us in true Southern style.

Neither ticket includes the price of the book, since many of you have already pre-ordered. Books will be for sale and I’ll be on duty, Sharpie in hand, ready to personalize and sign your copy. If you’ve pre-ordered the book and specified shipment, it should ship by mid-April and arrive at your door even before the party. If you specified in-store pickup, it will be ready and waiting for you at the party. Our staff will be sure to coordinate this with you when we take your reservation.

The lowdown: Supper from 6-8, $45 includes tax and gratuity. Cake and cocktails 8-10, $25 includes tax and gratuity. If you desire to party late with us, after 10 p.m. we will offer cash bar, and the kitchen will continue to offer cake and small bites on the house.

It’s been more than two years since I began work on this book, and nearly eight years since Mark and I embarked on the project that didn’t yet have a name that would in time be called Big Jones. It’s been a long and wonderful journey to get here where we are now, and Mark and I offer our sincerest thanks for your support and friendship over these years. We’ve made a lot of mistakes and fortunately gotten many more things right. That you have seen the good in what we do means the world to us.

Reservations can be made by calling 773-275-5725. We hope to see you May 6!


6:00 Punch Time and 6:30 Dinner Service

  • Chatham artillery punch
  • Benne oyster stew with Evalon croutons
  • Crawfish boudin fritters with hog cracklin
  • Goat cheese and potato croquettes with homemade mayonnaise
  • Awendaw spoonbread
  • Rhubarb julep
  • Duet of duck with bourbon jiblet jus
  • Chicken fried morel mushrooms with creamy grits and sawmill gravy
  • Sauteed ramp greens with benne
  • Grilled asparagus with homemade cottage cheese and lemon

$45 per person includes tax and gratuity

Cake & Cocktails

8:00-10:00 p.m.

  • Sweet Leaf
  • Blue Yodel No. 1
  • Brandy Fix
  • The Consummation
  • Huckleberry jelly roll cake
  • Sea Island benne cake
  • Coconut cake
  • Red velvet cake
  • Black walnut sorghum pie
  • Buttermilk pie

$25 per person includes tax and gratuity

Reservations can be made by calling 773-275-5725