We are delighted to welcome iconic Chef Patrick O’Connell for a very special Cooks & Books lunch at featuring recipes from Chef O’Connell’s cookbooks. Tickets are $140 and includes an autographed copy of Chef O’Connell’s latest endeavor, The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession, lunch, wine, service fee and tax. Call 919.542.2121 to reserve your seat! MENU Selection of Hors d’oeuvres Pimento Cheese & Flatbread Phyllo Straws Flounder Fingers with Green Herb Mayonnaise BBQ Rabbit Turnovers Lacy Parmesan Wafers Lunch Amuse Bouche Truffle Popcorn First Course Cucumber Vichyssoise Soup with House-Smoked Salmon & Caviar Main Course “Surf & Turf” Tenderloin of Beef and Lobster with Sweet Corn Sauté and Red Bell Pepper Coulis Dessert Windblow Peach Melba The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession tells the remarkable story of the architecture and interior design of America’s most famous country inn and restaurant. The transformation of the internationally acclaimed Inn at Little Washington — from a rural garage into a sumptuous country house hotel — reads like an enchanted fairy tale. Legendary chef and owner Patrick O’Connell tells the story of how this property was reimagined with a team of skilled designers and architects. The inn, which opened in 1978, is considered a masterpiece in American hotel and restaurant design and has expanded to include not only the original main building, but an entire village of cottages, guesthouses, and gardens. More About Chef Patrick O’Connell: Chef Patrick O’Connell has been referred to as “the Pope of American Cuisine” and is considered one of the top chefs in the world today. A self-taught chef who has pioneered a refined, regional American cuisine, O’Connell’s alliance with local farmers and artisanal producers was an adaptation born of necessity more than 30 years ago when nothing but milk was delivered to the tiny town of “Little” Washington, VA (pop. 158). Long before the farm to table movement had a name, he began cultivating fruitful relationships with his neighbors — many of whom have a strong connection to the land and a heritage of self-sufficiency. A member of the Relais & Chateaux inn association, The Inn at Little Washington became America’s first five–star inn. The restaurant has won many accolades, including five James Beard awards.
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Sep 13, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm