On October 5, at 3 pm and 7 pm, two special events will celebrate the publication of a special book, The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink.
At 3 pm, the University Libraries will sponsor a book talk in Special Collections and Archives at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.
At 7 pm, The Gnu’s Room will host a dining experience with recipes from the book prepared by chef Galen Haggerty. Both events are free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at both.
The Happy Table of Eugene Walter is based on recipes and writing by the late and beloved Eugene Walter, assembled and edited by Donald Goodman, literary executor of Walter’s estate, and food writer Thomas Head, former executive wine and food editor of Washingtonian magazine.
Walter, a native of Mobile and citizen of the world, was a pioneering food writer, champion of southern foodways and culture and legendary figure among food lovers. The Happy Table, published this fall by the University of North Carolina Press, will introduce a new generation of readers and cooks to his culinary legacy and intrigue anyone interested in southern food.
Walter was working on The Happy Table at the time of his death in 1998. In addition to offering readers a wealth of southern eating and drinking recipes and traditions, collected by Walter over a lifetime of cooking, gardening and throwing one-of-a-kind parties, the book celebrates Walter’s incomparable appetite and talent for life and its pleasures.