Eat Your Way Across The USA
For any food lover who’s ever heard the call of the open road beckon, Jane and Michael Stern have been trusted, trailblazing guides for over 40 years. As the creators of Roadfood, the James Beard Award-winning authors have worked to both preserve and celebrate regional American dishes from coast-to-coast, ensuring that whether someone is tooling through Tulsa or rounding the bend outside of Boston, they’ll know just where to taste the most authentic, local flavors imaginable.
If the thought of a Roadfood adventure has you itching to hit the highway, but hopping in the car isn’t feasible right now, you’re in luck! The Sterns are zig-zagging across the country in 2016 to bring some of their favorite roadside dishes to you—no travel required.
Your ticket includes an unlimited beer, wine, specialty cocktail, and regional American sodas.
Woodman’s Clam Fritters - Essex, MA
Golden crust with an interior that is dense and moist and laced with enough pieces of clam to give every bite a sweet-savory harmony.
Turner Country Ham Biscuits – Fulks Run, VA
Classic buttermilk biscuits sandwiching sizzled pieces of quarter-inch thick Turner Ham House country ham from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
Tucson Tamale Company Green Corn Tamales – Tucson, AZ
Made with sweet corn masa moistened with juice straight off the cob, cheese, and freshly-roasted hatch chilies from the Mesilla Valley in New Mexico.
The Salt Lick BBQ Smoked Beef Brisket – Driftwood, TX
True Texas Barbecue: Beef Brisket smoke-cooked for 14 hours and basted with the Roberts’ Family secret Bar-B-Que sauce. Served with traditional southern Corn Pudding, and a west-coast Confetti Coleslaw with Poppy Seed Dressing.
Louie’s Backyard Gingersnap Key Lime Pie – Key West, FL
Local citrus is cushioned in the traditional way with the gentleness of egg-enriched sweetened condensed milk but then layered atop an unusually spicy gingersnap crust.
“If you ever wished you could be in the backseat of our car as Michael and I explore the best food in America, this is it! You will eat well, laugh a lot, and best of all go home to your own comfy bed instead of the seedy motels we stay at,” says Jane.
Moreover, the informal dinner will be interactive, as strangers gather around a communal table to share tales of hidden culinary gems and hear the always insightful, often hilarious stories from the Sterns’ decades traversing America’s byways. Come hungry for great food, and suggestions for your next Roadfood adventure! No curiosity is too small for the Sterns encyclopedic knowledge of the country’s foodways, from the best burnt ends in Kansas City, to learning the difference between scrapple and goetta.
“For us, what is so delicious about Roadfood is all of its connections – connections to the people who grow it, cook it, serve it, and eat it; connections to the places that have nurtured it and given it a regional identity; connections to the history from which it arises, which in America's case is an adventure of immigration, adaptation, invention, and audacity. Just as one man's dinner can give you a vivid picture of who he is, America's eats are a grand national portrait,” says Michael.
They’ll be kicking off their 2016 travels in New Orleans on February 22, and hope to gather with you for a night of story-swapping and sampling some of America’s most iconic community dishes. Tickets are limited and available in advance by clicking here.
Date: February 22, 2016 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Location: TBD | New Orleans, LA
Event website: eventbrite.com