March 25, 2012

A Stop at A Southern Season

The book tour for The Tuscan Sun Cookbook has been exciting and exhausting and fun. All the events are just so enjoyable. I’ve been posting some photos along the way on Twitter and Facebook.  Today we were at the food and cookware mecca, A Southern Season, in Chapel Hill with our friend Susan Gravely, who so graciously gave us so many ceramic pieces for our photo shoots for the cookbook. Almost all the table settings are graced by her Vietri dinnerware. We already owned several patterns and Vietri supplied us with more so that all our shots look different.  At the Vietri shop in the store, they set a table similar to one in our book:


Here we are with Susan, who, with her sister Frances and her mother, founded Vietri ( ):


While waiting in line, you could sip prosecco, Vermentino, or a red from the Maremma, all poured by wine guru Dean Coglaiti. The staff passed crostini from our book, and over in the food section, they served Tuscan Ribs, Garlic Soup, and Pears with Mascarpone.  Great scents drifted around the store! A Southern Season, if you don’t know it, is a vast food and wine emporium–you want an ingredient, a certain pasta or risotto, a special hot pepper jelly, or cheese straws? Here it is in the solid South. Of course they ship.  ( ) This is their new display kitchen with butcher block counters–such a warm look–and a red Viking stove that makes the room sing.


Since I’m thinking of remodeling a kitchen next year, I was taking in all the details and mix of textures. Loved the detail on the open shelves and this big shiny sink.


Thanks, Jay and Jennifer, everyone who made the event happen.  Especially Susan.  I wonder who won the Vietri platter?

We met so many people. The big thing about the tour is just that for me–so many potential friends, if only I lived in that place. It’s an affirming experience.