Tuesday, July 17

Stir the Pot, Stoke the Pits

On Sunday July 29 and Monday July 30, Chef Ashley Christensen of Poole's Diner (and Chuck's, and Beasley's Chicken + Honey, and Fox Liquor Bar) in Raleigh, NC, is hosting an eighth helping of Stir the Pot. This fundraising series, now with events in both Raleigh and Nashville, benefits the SFA's documentary projects.

Pat Martin of Martin's BBQ Joint in Nolensville, TN, is the first pitmaster to serve as a Stir the Pot guest chef.

So, asks Ashley, Is a pitmaster really a chef?

And she's ready with an answer:

"You bet your ass a pitmaster is a chef. Here in the South, the food we cook is telling of who we are and where we are. As chefs, we are narrators of place by way of the palate. And there has never been a more religiously practiced celebration of regional identity than in the barbecue pits of the South."

We can't argue with that. Here's what Ashley and Pat have in store: 

Dinner at Poole's on Sunday, July 29
Cocktails and snacks followed by a five-course dinner with wine pairings

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Sunday night's menu will celebrate smoke, meat, and Southern summer vegetables as interpreted by Pat Martin in collaboration with the Poole's team. There's talk of deviled eggs, candied and smoked pork belly, frog legs, piles of pickles, and even Mother Martin's coconut cake.

Potluck at Ashley Christensen's home on Monday, July 30

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Ashley and the Poole's team will provide a main course of beer-can-roasted, smoked chicken. Wine will be served, along with Fullsteam beer and cocktails from Panciuto in Hillsborough. Please bring a side dish or dessert that celebrates your sense of place. And come ready to visit with Pat Martin, who will have the evening off outside of DJ duties (expect Waylon Jennings).

Get your tickets before they sell out! We'll see you there.