The South’s relationship with drinking is complicated. Although religious and legal mandates discourage the sale and consumption of alcohol, the region has a robust drinking culture. As the home of NASCAR, a sport that arose from the high-speed antics of bootleggers, and Tennessee Williams, a man notorious for both his literary genius and his propensity to imbibe, the Bible Belt has a booze-soaked background. In the recipes and essays in The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails, Jerry Slater and Sara Camp Milam and their cocktail cabinet of contributors bridge the gaps between the culture, history, and practice of drinking in the South.
Sara Camp Milam is a former associate editor of the Oxford American and is currently the Southern Foodways Alliance’s managing editor. Jerry Slater is renowned for his hospitality and spirits expertise. A longtime Southern Foodways Alliance member, he has extensive experience in hospitality and management and has gained critical accolades for his beverage programs, at such venues as the Oakroom at the Seelbach Hotel, One Flew South, and H. Harper Station.
Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers and include cocktail samples and small bites.