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Southern Food Writing Conference Announces Line-Up

Biscuitfest has already announced its line-up, but today brings word that its partner, the Southern Food Writing Conference, has finalized its list of speakers -- and there are some great ones coming. SO. EXCITED. YOU. GUYS.

We're thrilled Ted Lee is returning to town, and we always love talking to John T. Edge. But we also couldn't be more excited about hearing from Louisville's James Beard Award-nominated chef Edward Lee, of 610 Magnolia and MilkWood fame; culinary historian and cookbook author Damon Lee Fowler (who also wrote one of my all-time favorite introductions to one of my all-time favorite cookbook reprints); and Ronni Lundy, who is just amazingly smart and cool. Plus, editors from Southern Living, Garden & Gun, and the Washington Post! And the wonderful photographer Penny De Lo Santos of Saveur! And Nashville writer Jennifer Justus, who recently wrote a great story for our friends at the Nashville Scene on women chefs in Nashville -- including Husk's pastry chef, Lisa Donovan, who will also be at the conference!

I am not lying when I say that last year's SFWC was one of the most amazing conferences I've ever attended -- and not only because of the dinner at Blackberry Farm. Do not miss out on this. Register now.

Full press release:

The Southern Food Writing Conference Announces 2014 Speakers 

KNOXVILLE, TN. - The International Biscuit Festival today announced the lineup of speakers for the third annual Southern Food Writing Conference, to be held May 15th and 16th, 2014, in Knoxville, TN. The Conference celebrates the tradition of Southern food writing and its important connection to the culture of the South.

The Conference program is designed to attract food enthusiasts, professional food writers, food bloggers, and lovers of all things Southern. The Conference sessions mix educational, artistic and vocational topics that examine various facets of Southern food and culture.
"We are excited about the growing popularity of the Southern Food Writing Conference," said John Craig, Biscuit Boss and lead organizer of the Conference. "Our goal is to provide a fun and informative gathering for professionals and amateurs alike," added Craig. "Some of the most noted food and culture writers from across the Southeast will delve into a variety of topics that any Southern food lover will find entertaining."

Confirmed speakers include:
John T. Edge - Director, Southern Foodways Alliance
Edward Lee - Chef/Author, Smoke & Pickles
Hunter Lewis - Executive Editor, Southern Living
Ted Lee - Author, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen
Jessica Mischner - Senior Editor, Garden & Gun
Damon Lee Fowler - Author, Essentials of Southern Cooking
Adrian Miller - Author, Soul Food
Carrie Morey - Author/Owner, Callie's Biscuits of Charleston
Penny De Los Santos - Photographer, Saveur
Joe Yonan - Food and Travel Editor, Washington Post
Lisa Donovan - Pastry Chef, Husk
Belinda Ellis - Author, Biscuits: A Savor the South Cookbook
Beth Kirby - Author/Blogger, Local Milk
Jennifer Justus - Author, The Food Lover's Guide to Nashville
Ronni Lundy - Author, In Praise of Tomatoes

Session topics will include a range of conversations about the intersection of Southern food and Southern culture. Attendees will include authors, chefs, publishers, editors, producers, as well as fans who just love Southern food and those that write about it.

The registration fee covers all Conference sessions and all meals, including a special dinner at Blackberry Farm, voted the #1 Resort in North America and Canada by Travel + Leisure magazine. Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis. The Crowne Plaza Knoxville and the Hilton Downtown Knoxville are the headquarters hotels for the Conference and offers special rates for Conference attendees.

The Southern Food Writing Conference is presented by the International Biscuit Festival, in partnership with White Lily and Visit Knoxville.

For more information about the Southern Food Writing Conference, go to

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