Suggested Festival Programs for the Foodie


If we are what we eat, then we’re also what we read. Ask any chef, farmer, or author in the following line-up and they’ll tell you food and stories go hand in hand. Attend the following talks and cooking demos to hear how cookbooks, agricultural histories, and anthologies of food writing explore the connections between storytelling, community, and the food that we eat. Come hungry! Keep reading for some highlights in our 2020 programming on foodways…


The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell
Thurs. March 19, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
City Council Chambers
The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell anthology editor Elizabeth Engelhardt and contributors Jeff Mann (LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia) and Emily Wallace (Road Sides: An Illustrated Companion to Dining and Driving in the American South) discuss the creation of an anthology honoring the deliciously diverse culinary traditions of Appalachia. The poets, scholars, fiction writers, journalists, and food professionals who contributed to the book offer a rich, comprehensive portrait of the Appalachian dinner plate from past to present, including Blue Ridge tacos, kimchi with soup beans and cornbread, and more.

Just Peachy Cooking Demo with Belinda Sullivan-Smith
Fri. March 20, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Williams Sonoma at Stonefield
It may be cold outside, but that won’t stop Chef Belinda Smith-Sullivan (Just Peachy) from cooking up sweet, flavorful dishes featuring peaches as the main ingredient. Renowned for her spice blends and hailing from Trenton, South Carolina, the heart of peach country, Chef Belinda’s flavorful recipes are sure to inspire. She will lead a demonstration while discussing the sources behind her cooking.

Tavola Cooking Demo with Michael Keaveny
Fri. March 20, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Williams Sonoma at Stonefield
Local chef, cookbook author, and restaurant owner Michael Keaveny (Tavola) will lead a recipe demonstration while discussing his Virginia-inspired take on classic Italian cuisine.

Lives in Food and Farming, in Virginia and Beyond
Fri. March 20, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
City Council Chambers
Bernard L. Herman (A South You Never Ate: Savoring Flavors and Stories from the Eastern Shore of Virginia) and Charles Thompson, Jr. (Going Over Home: A Search for Rural Justice in an Unsettled Land) discuss their experiences working within the foodways and agricultural communities of the American South, sharing personal stories as well as insights into contemporary issues surrounding farming and food.

Cool Beans Cooking Demo with Joe Yonan
Fri. March 20, 2:00-3:30 PM
Williams Sonoma at Stonefield
Interested in eating a nutrient-dense, plant-based diet? Joe Yonan (Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with the World’s Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein, with 125 Recipes) puts a fresh spin on the bean, the most affordable (and delicious!) staple food of the vegetarian and vegan diets. Chef Yonan will lead a recipe demonstration while discussing his passion for cooking and food writing.


Explore additional programming for foodies in the 2020 Festival Guide by clicking here.