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June's tasty Table Talks: Cornbread, bees and sweet tea


Special to The Dispatch



The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and the Hitching Lot Farmers'' Market team up for their June Table Talk series Wednesday, June 1, at noon in the library meeting room, 314 7th St. N. Following up on their successful programming in 2010, the co-sponsors will again focus on food. 


June talks kick off with Dr. Andrew P. Haley, associate professor of American cultural history at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Haley''s presentation, "The Mississippi Melting Pot," will examine the history of various ethnic and racial culinary traditions that have shaped Mississippians'' diets. 


"His talk will be fascinating. It''s going to cover Mississippi dishes from tamales to red beans and rice and everything in between," related Friends board member Jo Shumake. 


A Mississippi Humanities Council featured speaker, Dr. Haley is also the author of "Turning the Tables," a recently-published book on restaurant dining in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is currently working on a history of children and eating. 


Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for those wishing to bring their lunch and socialize before the program begins at noon. The Friends will serve iced tea. 




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Other programs in June explore a wide range of topics -- from favorite recipes to gardening and bee-keeping.  


"The lineup of speakers promises a variety as multi-faceted as the best backyard garden," said Hitching Lot Farmers'' Market Advisory Board member Margo Bretz.



  • June 8 -- Elizabeth Heiskell, co-author of "Somebody Stole the Cornbread from My Dressing," and former Viking Cooking School lead culinary instructor, shares recipes and recollections. 


  • June 15 -- Birney Imes, editor/publisher of The Dispatch, discusses the history and art of beekeeping and the importance of bees in maintaining a positive balance in the environment.  


  • June 22 -- Scott Enlow, USDA certified organic gardener and owner of Black Creek Farms in Lowndes County, speaks on Barbara Kingsolver''s "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle." 


  • June 29 -- Martha Foose, the 2009 winner of the James Beard Award for American Cooking and author of "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea" and "A Southerly Course," revisits stories and recipes from close to home.


For more information on the June Table Talk series, contact the Friends at [email protected]



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