New Orleans is gorgeous! Sparklingly gorgeous morning at the Crescent City Farmers Mkt. Sold a ton of books, thanks to Octavia Books, and had red bean tamales for breakfast. Tasted some amazing red mustard greens too (tis the season). Casamentos for lunch–three dozen oysters, Abita beers all around–and ran into good friends Peter and Maren, visiting from Brooklyn. Spotted New Orleans writer/author Julia Reed on her way in. Where to dine tonight….?
Atlanta was rainy but tons of fun. Saw legendary southern food expert and author Joe Dabney at our Sur La Table signing. Drank a round of Hummers at the Piedmont Driving Club, and ate their famously buttery saltines. Got a sneak peek at the brand-new Miller Union restaurant, by Steven Satterfield–formerly of Watershed (Scott Peacock’s amazing restaurant, where we had Bloody Mary’s, shrimp grits and onion rings today for lunch). Baby Arthur turned 9 weeks today, and is handling the touring life like a champ, as is momma Gia. On to Birmingham!
The Williams-Sonoma event in Charlotte sold out 75 books in 25 minutes! The team there was awesome, packed us lunches for the trip home. We hit the road for Charleston, stopping at a few bookstores along the way. Ended the day late at EVO Pizza in North Charleston, sipping Coast Kolsch (brewed nearby) and eating house-made sausages… nice to be home!!
The first road event in Durham was a huge success, a basement full of clever North Carolinians whom we found noshing on Amy Tornquist’s (Watts Grocery restaurant) nibbles from Simple Fresh Southern: yummy Shrimp Pate, deviled eggs and Sweet Potato and Okra Fritters with Garlic Buttermilk Dip. Made some folks laugh, answered a bunch of questions (including some zingers) and then signed many cases of books–thanks Tom! An awesome book store!!
Dinner afterward at Watts Grocery was incredible–by mistake both of us ordered North Carolina Rockfish Muddle, just couldn’t resist. Spicy with tons of amazing little potato slices and the sweetest end-of-season cherry tomatoes you’ve ever tasted.
And, after our 600 miles of driving today, a night at The Umstead Hotel!!
Here’s a rundown of recent press:
Charleston City Paper
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Washington Post, Dinner in 35 Minutes: Easy Shrimp Creole:
NBC New York Listing
Asheville Citizen Times Listing
Just rocked the “Down South Up North” dinner hosted Saturday by Paula Deen at Hill Country Restaurant, as part of the NY Wine & Food Festival supporting City Harvest. Chili Crabs, Shrimp and Deviled Egg Salad Rolls, Smoked Cauliflower and Mint Julep Panna Cotta from the SFS cookbook. Check @TheLeeBros, our Twitter feed, for more photos!
We’d love to meet you in person–check out our Tour Schedule (see link in the sidebar to the right) to find out when we’re coming to a city near you!
The basic layout of the Fall tour is:
New York City
Feel free to suggest a city or venue where you’d like to see Matt and Ted. If you want to book the Lee Bros. to appear at your event, please contact:
Senior Publicist • The Crown Publishing Group
Random House, Inc.
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New York NY 10019
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