Eight or so years ago, we were lucky enough to meet Lolis Eric Elie in Oxford, MS. We became fast friends by sharing meals over the years through our mutual affiliation with the Southern Foodways Alliance. (Lolis is one of the founders of the SFA.)
Lolis, the son of a civil rights attorney from New Orleans, graduated from Wharton (Finance and Econ. degree), Colombia (Journalism masters, and UVA (Creative Writing masters), respectively. Rest assured, he is always the smartest guy at the table. He got his start as a business reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He then went on to become the Road Manager for Wynton Marsalis. In 1995 he became a columnist and reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. During this time he wrote several books, including Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country. Elie also wrote and produced the award winning PBS documentary Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was a winner at the 2008 San Francisco International Film Festival.
After leaving the Times Picayune in 2009, Elie became the story editor at HBO's Treme.
In 2013, Elie moved to Los Angeles where he became the executive story editor for AMC's Hell on Wheels.
His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Saveur, Gourmet, Bon Appétit, and Smithsonian magazine and he has been featured on NPR, CBS News, and 60 Minutes. His work is included in Best African American Essays and Best Food Writing: 2008. He is also a contributing editor to the Oxford American.
Elie has been featured several times on Travel Channel's No Reservations and The Layover both hosted by Anthony Bourdain.
Treme, which aired on HBO, was created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer and written by a collective of America’s great storytellers lead by Lolis Eric Elie. The series premiered on April 11, 2010, and concluded on December 29, 2013, comprising four seasons and 36 episodes. It takes its name from Tremé, a neighborhood of New Orleans. The series begins three months after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and other New Orleanians try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane.
Lolis called and said he would be passing through town -- thought we might catch a bite...
That's all it took. So this is happening:
Feb 23rd, 2014
The Shed At Glenwood
$60 per person ++
Family Style Dinner and a signed copy of the Treme cookbook
Guest of Honor:
Author Lolis Eric Elie, story editor for the HBO series and the author of Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans
Featured Chefs / Mixologists:
Chef Todd Richards / The Shed at Glenwood / The Pig & The Pearl
Chef Duane Nutter / One Flew South
Pitmasters / Chefs Justin Fox, Jonathan Fox / Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
Mixologist / Tiffanie Barriere / One Flew South
Mixologist / Dean Nichols / The Shed at Glenwood
Menu inspired by Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans
Jumbo Lump Crabmeat & Herb Salad…roasted beets, & pickled onions
Boucherie’s Collard Greens
Peppered Hangar Steak and Rice Cakes
Chunky Peanut Butter and Chocolaty Banana Cake
Brandy Crusta (cognac, lemon, orange curacao, Maraschino Luxardo liqueur, bitters)
Vieux Carre (gin, lime, lemon, Demerara syrup, orange flower water)
Make reservations at http://www.opentable.com/the-shed-at-glenwood
or by calling The Shed at Glenwood at 404-835-4363
Check out Treme on HBO