Bill Smith has cemented and expanded the Crook’s Corner legacy since 1993, preserving its classic dishes such as shrimp and grits, Mount Airy chocolate souffle cake and Hoppin’ John, while adding his own trademarks like house-cured eastern North Carolina corned ham, soft shell crabs, artichoke relish, honeysuckle sorbet and green peach salad.
Like Chapel Hill itself, Bill (a 50-year-resident) embodies both the traditions of the South – speaking often about the influence of his grandmothers’ and aunts’ cooking growing up in New Bern – and the open-mindedness of the area’s educated population, as he works outside of the kitchen to promote music, dance, literature and social justice.
While the late Bill Neal has been credited with giving Southern cuisine a strong national platform, Bill Smith has advanced it. At this familial dinner featuring surprise cameos, chefs who consider Bill Smith a mentor and a hero will honor him with courses served in a beautiful barn on the edge of Orange County. Evenings like this – and chefs like Bill Smith – don’t come around often.
Confirmed talent for this dinner includes:
– Cookbook author Sheri Castle
– Vivian Howard of A Chef’s Life and Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, NC
– Elizabeth Karmel of Girls at the Grill in New York City
– Sam McGann of The Blue Point in Duck, NC
– Matthew Register of Southern Smoke BBQ of NC in Garland, NC
– Chris Stewart of Glass Onion in Charleston, SC
Tickets: $120. Must be 21 or older.
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