Once a month, we set a long table down the middle of the store, invite an author to town and put on a literary supper like no other. After-hours, up-close and personal, these dinners are unique experiences designed to bring what we’re reading off the page and onto the plate. Seats are limited, and the ticket price includes a four-course dinner, a thoughtful beverage pairing, a copy of the book and an evening’s conversation with the writer in question.
We’re excited to host author Snowden Wright for his brand-new novel, American Pop. It's the story of a preeminent American family spoken about in the same breath as the Hearsts and the Rockefellers whose wealth relies on a soda empire. An irresistible tour de force of original storytelling, American Pop blends fact and fiction, the mundane and the mythical, and utilizes techniques of historical reportage to capture how, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s words, “families are always rising and falling in America,” and to explore the many ways in which nostalgia can manipulate cultural memory—and the stories we choose to tell about ourselves.
Chefs Heidi and Joe Trull will be here from Grits and Groceries, and they will craft a menu that reflects the elements of the story, complete with cocktails and wine. Grits and Groceries never disappoints, and when we team them up with Snowden, we're sure this will be night to remember.
Here's what's planned for the evening:
Ginger Ale Salad, from the Junior League of Jackson, Mississippi Cookbook (and you know those ladies know how to make a salad out of soda pop)
Slow Braised Pork Shank, with fennel and white beans (in the style of French cassoulet.)
Ebinger’s Black Out Cake, devil's food filled with dark chocolate pudding, chocolate frosting and chocolate crumbs. (From Brooklyn’s Ebinger’s Bakery, a secret recipe with a cult-like following in its day.)
Tickets are $95 and include beer, wine, cocktails, dinner, and a copy of American Pop signed by the author.