Book Signing to Benefit WTEF
WHAT: James Beard award-winning chef Ann Cashion and celebrity Top Chef finalist and TV personality Carla Hall, currently a host on ABC’s culinary show, The Chew, will jointly host a book signing reception for Charlotte Druckman’s new tell-all book titled Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen, on Thursday, October 18, 2012, from 6 PM to 8 PM, at Johnny’s Half Shell. Priced at $45 per person, tickets include a copy of the much anticipated book along with featured cocktails and wine, as well as a selection of ten different hors d’oeuvres, created by both Cashion and Hall. Guests are invited to mingle with Druckman, who will be reading an excerpt from her new book, which is expected in stores this November. A portion of the proceeds from this Skirt Steak book signing reception will benefit the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, an organization designed to help disadvantaged youth through tennis.
Skirt Steak is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes, uncensored look into the lives of women chefs, told through the voices of 73 of the best and brightest women cooking today. Druckman interviewed both Cashion and Hall for the book.
Expanding upon her explosive Gastronomica article “Why Are There No Great Women Chefs?” superstar food journalist Charlotte Druckman goes behind the kitchen doors of some of the leading female chefs in the United States to get to the bottom of what makes them tick. These are female chefs performing culinary and domestic high wire acts: juggling sharp knives, battering heat, bruising male egos, and working endless hours, often while raising small children and living from paycheck to paycheck. In the restaurant world where only the strong prevail, their experiences are recipes for survival. Along the way, she examines where the rivalries lie, and identifies the female equivalents of foodie bad boys like Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali. How they deal with pressures, the expectations, the successes and failures, makes for compelling reading. Druckman’s investigative skills, knowledge of the food world, ability to move beyond the hackneyed questions and answers to find the unexpected ones, and unique narrative voice (don’t skip the footnotes!) make Skirt Steak hard to put down.
WHEN: Thursday, October 18th from 6 PM to 8 PM
WHERE: Johnny’s Half Shell is located just steps from the Nation’s Capitol at 400
North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 737-0400 or visit http://www.johnnyshalfshell.net/.
WHY: To meet New Yorker Charlotte Druckman, a journalist who writes for various important publications such as the New York Times, Travel & Leisure and the Wall Street Journal, as well as being a co-founder of Food52’s Tournament of Cookbooks. Plus guests will enjoy a delicious reception and mingle with renowned chef Ann Cashion, the only woman chef in Washington to capture a James Beard Award for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic in 2004, and to visit with one of the country’s favorite culinary personalities, Carla Hall, who is from Washington, DC. Purchasing a ticket to this Skirt Steak book signing reception supports Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, an organization designed to help disadvantaged youth through tennis.
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