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A Conversation with Charlotte Caldwell & Brys Stephens

Please join the conversation between restaurant critic, now restaurateur, Brys Stephens (The New Southern Table) and author and photographer Charlotte Caldwell, as Brys delves into her fifth and newest book, The Faces of Local Food: Celebrating the People Who Feed Us.  

To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

Using her photography as a springboard for storytelling, The Faces of Local Food provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of people who contribute to a vibrant local food system. Step into the world of fishermen, farmers, and ranchers joining them on their boats and in the fields; into the kitchens of innovative chefs; into the warehouse of a local food hub; and meet with other meaningful contributors and visionaries to hear their stories—their histories, motivations, experiences, challenges, and insights. Through The Faces of Local Food our perceptions about our daily food choices are reframed and we are inspired to become more mindful consumers and purchase locally produced-sustainably grown food. The Faces of Local Food will debut at the Library Society on February 27th in conjunction with the Charleston Wine + Food Festival’s opening the next day. 

Caveat - Be prepared- you may metamorphose into a locavore. 

A native of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Charlotte Caldwell is a graduate of Middlebury College and holds master’s degrees in environmental studies and education, both of which continue to inform her perspectives about the world, the environment and ways to share those insights with others. Charlotte and her husband, Jeffrey Schutz, divide their time between their home in historic Charleston, South Carolina and their ranch in Montana. Her previous books, Visions and Voices: Montana’s One-Room SchoolhousesKirby’s Journal: Backyard Butterfly MagicThe Cow’s Boy:The Making of a Real Cowboy, and The Cow’s Girl:The Making of a Real Cowgirl can be found at your local booksellers or online.

Brys Stephens is a Charleston, SC based cookbook author (The New Southern Table), and restaurateur (The Hub 30aLittle Jack’s TavernMelfi’s). Before opening restaurants, Brys reviewed them as a restaurant critic for the Charleston City Paper, and also wrote for Food and WineBon Appetit, and Garden and Gun. He has also tested and co-written a handful of cookbooks. Brys serves on the board of Growfood Carolina, a pioneering Charleston-based food hub.