For some attending the IACP conference in Portland this week, rubbing elbows with the likes of Ruth Reichl, Kim Severson and Michael Ruhlman was a highlight, but for me, my favorite “celebrity” foodie was meeting Shirley Corriher.
If you’re a fan of Food Network’s old school “Good Eats” program, you’ll instantly recognize Shirley as the food anthropologist who popped up from time-to-time, helping Alton Brown better understand the whys and wherefores of a particular food’s significance.
At today’s IACP vendor expo, Shirley was up to her elbows in flour and dough at the Tenda-Bake booth, where I gladly sampled a still-warm biscuit made with Shirley’s own hands. Being a Southern-born and raised boy myself, I always related to Shirley (we all know someone just like her) and the Southern sensibility she brought to everything on Good Eats.
I walked away with a sample package of flour, and plan to use it soon, thinking of Shirley!
Good eats, indeed.