Our "Tastings" event on February 1st should be both a culinary
and a literary experience for our guests. We will be pairing books with
wines, beverages and food at a variety of sampling stations. We can promise
great publicity for the restaurants and other businesses that take part.
If you wish to help prepare foods for the stations or help in any other
ways please contact:
Becky Herrmann, Library Director
978-256-5521, ext. 101
To Chelmsford restaurants and caterers:
Last year, close to 300 Chelmsford residents visited the Chelmsford Public
Library for a program called “Tastings.” It was Chelmsford’s
Winterfest kick-off and the launching of our first community-wide “One
Book” reading program. Our event featured samplings of books paired
with food from 35 restaurants in town along with wine and beer suggestions
supplied by Harrington
Wine and Liquor. It was great fun and our patrons have been clamoring
for us to hold it again.
With your help, we would like to repeat that success by hosting the 2008
kick-off to Winterfest on Friday, February 1st.This year’s
“Tastings” theme will have a Southern flavor. The book we
will read for our second “One Book” choice is “To Kill
a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Bearing that in mind, we will be featuring
a host of books by Southern authors and in Southern settings. We would
like our culinary theme to embrace this idea – whether it be foods
that are South of the Mason-Dixon Line or even further… to South
of the Border. Southern food ideas could include Cajun and Creole cooking,
barbecue, soul food, Tex-Mex specialties, Southern comfort food like country
ham and biscuits, hushpuppies and of course anything deep-fried. And let’s
not forget the Southern desserts – fruit cobblers, peach pie, pecan
pie and banana pudding. The possibilities are endless. Drink ideas could
include mint juleps, sweet tea, New Orleans Hurricanes, or lemonade. Books
you might be familiar with include: “Fried Green Tomatoes at the
Whistle Stop Café,” “The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya
Sisterhood” “Gone with the Wind,” “Cold Mountain,”
“Cold Sassy Tree” and “A Confederacy of Dunces.”
Authors as diverse as Alice Walker, William Faulkner, John Grisham, James
Dickey and Mark Twain will be included.
It would be terrific if you could provide a dish for the evening
for 100+ people. In return we will include your restaurant
on our program and we will list you on our website with a link to your
restaurant. If you do not have a website we will be happy to link to a
copy of your menu that we can scan in and include on our website.
We would love it if “Tastings” became a Winterfest tradition
– we think anything that combines two things we love best -- eating
and reading -- is sure to be a success. If you are willing to participate
this year, please call or e-mail us by December 21st. We would like to
get publicity out for the program by the first of the year. If you have
any questions or concerns or want to brainstorm food ideas, please give
us a call!
You can read more about Chelmsford’s community reading program,
“One Book Chelmsford” at our website www.chelmsfordlibrary.org.
In the meantime, Bon Appetit!
Becky Herrmann, Library Director, at 978-256-5521, ext. 101
If your restaurant would like
to take part this year for "Taste of the South," please contact
Becky Herrmann, library director, at 978-256-5521, ext. 101 or email
The following restaurants
participated last year for our first Tastings event.