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Brochure pdfWarning! You may get really hungry after reading this. Everything from Junior Mint brownies and Conecuh sausage corn dogs to beer samples and gourmet popcorn will be offered during the second Eat Drink Read Write Festival at the Birmingham Public Library, Sept. 8 -15. A cooking class, food documentary, children's crafts, poetry slam, writing workshops and more will be featured during the free festival, which will explore the glorious worlds of the written word and Alabama foods. Reservations are required for each event. Food will be provided by member restaurants of Birmingham Originals, MIX Bakery and Cafe, Whole Foods Market and Yellow Moon Cheese Co.

But that's not all.

Registered EDRW attendees will be eligible to enter a drawing for a pair of tickets to see renowned chef and author Anthony Bourdain - the bad boy of cuisine - on Nov. 1 at UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. His show is called "Anthony Bourdain: Guts & Glory.'' You must attend an EDRW event in order to enter the drawing. A winner will be selected and notified.

Hungry for more details? Check out the schedule.

All events are FREE. Some events require reservations.

Saturday, September 8
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Pepper Place Saturday Market

Birmingham storyteller Katie Elkins will perform stories related to food. The Desert Island Supply Co. will lead informal produce-themed writing workshops for children and adults, and BPL will offer food-related crafts. The World in a Skillet book jacket

Tuesday, September 11
Time 6:00 p.m.
Birmingham Public Library, Central
Birmingham Foodie Book Club Presents The World in a Skillet by Paul and Angela Knipple
Reservations required (Eventbrite)

Memphis couple Paul and Angela Knipple will discuss their book "The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover's Tour of the New American South,'' which focuses on restaurants run by first-generation immigrants in the South. Mr. Chen's Authentic Chinese Cooking of Hoover is in the book and will cater the event. The Birmingham Foodie Book Club is presenting the event. (The Knipples’ book will be available for $30.)

Wednesday, September 12
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Desert Island Supply Co.
Food Stories
Reservations required (Eventbrite)
Participants will have five minutes to tell a true, personal story about food. No notes are allowed in this challenge, known as "Food Stories.'' Participants are ready to tell stories that will leave an audience laughing. This entertaining presentation is modeled after National Public Radio's "The Moth.'' Mafiaoza’s of Crestline Village will provide refreshments. Two free drinks (craft beer or wine) will be provided, courtesy of The J. Clyde. A cash bar will also be available.

Thursday, September 13
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Birmingham Public Library, Central
Eating Alabama: A Story About Why Food Matters
Reservations required (Eventbrite)
Eating Alabama
Tuscaloosa filmmaker Andrew Beck will share his "Eating Alabama: A Story About Why Food Matters'' and then lead a discussion about it. The documentary is about a young couple setting out to eat the way their grandparents did, locally and seasonally. However, they soon realized that nearly everything about today's food system has changed from the past. Little Savannah will make Conecuh sausage corn dogs and Alabama slaw; Satterfield’s will provide gourmet popcorn; Culinard Cafe will make Junior Mint brownies and M&M cookies; and Slice Pizza and Brew will make Conecuh sausage skewers with roasted Alabama peppers and onions served with a mustard jam. Two free drinks (craft beer or wine) will be provided, courtesy of The J. Clyde. A cash bar will also be available.

Friday, September 14
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Birmingham Public Library, Central
Bards & Brews Poetry Performance/Beer and Cheese Tasting
Featuring Beer and Cheese Pairings by Chef and Bread Guru Corey Hinkel

The library's popular Bards & Brews monthly poetry performance and beer-tasting event will be packed with activities on this night. Chef Corey Hinkel of MIX Bakery an Cafe in downtown Birmingham and Yellow Moon Cheese Co. in Alexandria, Ala. will talk about beer, bread and his homemade cheeses. Beer and cheese pairings have been a growing trend through the years, and Hinkel’s tips will put you in the know. Also, Chef Chris Dupont of MIX Bakery and Cafe and Cafe Dupont will prepare appetizers, using ingredients donated by Whole Foods Market. There will also be a poetry slam and prizes to the top three winners. Avondale Brewing Co., Back Forty Beer Co., Bell's Brewery and Good People Brewing Co. will furnish the beer. The Reflections, a band made up of library employees, will perform. Attendees must be at least 18 to attend and 21 or older to be served.

Saturday, September 15.
Time: 11:00 a.m.Tamar Adler
European Kitchen of Alabama
"Bring Your Own" Cooking Class with Tamar Adler, Author of An Everlasting Meal
Reservations required (Eventbrite)

Brooklyn-based chef and author Tamar Adler will lead a "bring-your-own'' cooking class, where attendees can bring anything from their fridge or pantry and see what Adler can make with it. To make it really interesting, ingredients can be things such as old herbs, leftover pasta or even fading vegetables. Birmingham chefs George Reis of Ocean and 26, Chris Vizzina of Campus Dining Inc. at Samford University, Eryka Perry of Not Just Catering and Jessica Cox, a culinary nutritionist with eMeals, will assist Adler in the kitchen. Crestline Bagel Co. of Crestline Village will provide additional refreshments. Two free drinks (craft beer or wine) will be provided, courtesy of The J. Clyde. A cash bar will also be available. (Adler’s book will be available for $15.)

NOTE: Eat Drink Read Write T-shirts are $15 and can be found at the Friends Bookstore on the second floor of the Central Library, The J. Clyde, MIX Bakery and Cafe, Whole Foods Market, and at each EDRW event. Earth Creations of Bessemer made the T-shirts, which are colored with Alabama clay dyes. EDRW funding was made possible by Friends of the Birmingham Public Library.

NOTE: Different library branches will offer EDRW storytimes and after-school events for children. Please check the calendar for dates, times and locations for the children-themed events.
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