Family Dinner with Author Chef Dora Charles

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We are pleased to announce a guest chef dinner with the great Savannah Chef Dora Charles! Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Chef Charles will join us at Big Jones for a special dinner celebrating recipes from her outstanding cookbook A Real Southern Cook in Her Savannah Kitchen. We’ll have her book on hand for sale, and Chef will be signing books for you, discuss recipes, Southern cooking, and her life inspirations.

Dora Charles is a daughter of Savannah, and spent twenty-two years cooking at Lady and Sons, Paula Deen’s famed southern kitchen in the historic city, rising to become the restaurant’s first woman chef. We had the pleasure of meeting Chef Dora at the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium in Oxford, Mississippi last month, where she contributed to an exquisite Saturday evening dinner. Her perfected family recipes shine through in A Real Southern Cook, and we are certain you’ll enjoy her company and the dishes we prepare from her book.

Dedicated to her father, A Real Southern Cook in Her Savannah Kitchen tells the story of a girl finding her way through life and the kitchen, the grandmother who reared her and taught her to cook, and chronicles the story of her family through food, what it means to be a Southern cook, what to cook for Sunday picnics, church suppers, or when company comes calling. And there are recipes, delectable recipes, for all occasions and the stories that go with.

This is our third annual Family Dinner, in which we celebrate African American chefs and the culinary heritage they bring to both the South and all of America. Our first hosted Soul Food Scholar Adrian Miller, and last year we had the pleasure of hosting Chef Stephanie Tyson and Vivian Joiner from Sweet Potatoes in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. These have been some of the warmest, most convivial evenings we can ever remember having at Big Jones, and we are looking forward to a very special evening with Chef Dora Charles. Please make plans to join us January 18 and meet Chef Dora!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

6:00 p.m. reception and book signing

Chatham Artillery Punch
Boiled peanuts
Fried spare ribs
Deviled eggs with shrimp

7:00 p.m. Dinner, served family-style

Garlic-butter finger rolls
Cheater’s pickles
Crab casserole
Daddy’s catfish stew
Smothered pork chops
Three-cheese mac & cheese with sour cream
Baked Savannah red rice
Country collard greens

Slap yo’ mama coconut cake
Sand tarts

Thirty-three dollars per person plus tax and gratuity

For reservations, call 773-275-5725

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