Monday, August 16, 2010
Our destination was a fundraising event billed as a 50/50/50 dinner. There were 50 people paying $50 to dine on food grown within a 50 mile radius. And just to add another bit of synchronicity, we drove 50 + 50 + 50 miles to get there. The 150 mile distance wasn’t a problem for this group because as foodies we agreed that we’d traveled a lot farther for a lot less. And not having a place at THIS table….well, it was unthinkable.
We came to the table on Lake Wylie to celebrate Molly O’Neills epic portrait of America at the table. One Big Table, which will be released by Simon & Schuster in November, is a 900 page tome that includes 800 recipes along with oral histories, photographs and illustrations. Molly’s massive project was 10 years, thousands of miles and 20,000 recipes – mostly gathered from potlucks across the country - in the making.
To celebrate One Big Table and continue to tell the story of America through its cooking, Molly has teamed up with North Carolinian Dan Huntley, food writer, pit master, BBQ joint owner and inventor of the famed “Pig Pucker Barbecue Sauce” for yet another ambitious project. The duo plans to travel the country holding a series of community feasts to support local farmers and markets. The 50/50/50 dinners will showcase and serve as fundraisers for small town farmers markets and cultural institutions. After writing about America’s table, Molly and Dan want to sit down at that table and continue the lively conversation. The first of those tables was literally in Dan’s back yard on the shore of Lake Wylie.
One Big Table by Molly O’Neill will be published in November 2010. Orders are now being taken on www.amazon.com or your local independent bookstore.