Friday, April 19, 2013

Kitchen X: A Celebration of Durham’s Food Scene and fundraiser for Urban Ministries of Durham

Durham is the Tastiest Town in the South, and it's innovative, too. Pop-up restaurants are an exciting new trend, and in Durham, the idea is being taken a step further.

Outsiders Art & Collectibles and a cast of motley misfits is joining forces to celebrate a true taste of Durham.  Kitchen X is a four course wine dinner, inspired by the Durham-based film ‘Foodie,’ which was recently invited to show its trailer at the Cannes Film Festival, brings together some of Durham’s top ‘foodies’ for an evening of great food, wine and frolics.  Kitchen X will take place at Outsiders Art & Collectibles, 718-C Iredell Street, Durham, NC 27705 on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $75 per person with very limited seating.  Kitchen X is a fundraiser for Urban Ministries of Durham.

The Conspirators:
Aaron Benjamin has been cooking for over fifteen years, the last eight of which have been spent around Durham's finest restaurants. He prefers the simple combination of fresh ingredients, flavors and technique. His real comfort zone is found cooking on the line of a busy restaurant full of happy guests on any day or night of the week.

Eryk Pruitt is a former restaurant professional living in Durham as a screenwriter, author, and filmmaker.  His short film "Foodie" has won awards at film festivals across the United States, including Best Horror at Mt. Hood International Film Festival, Best Short at Tucson Terrorfest, and Best Original Fiction at ConCarolinas in Charlotte, among others.  His fiction has appeared in The Avalon Literary Review, The Speculative Edge, Mad Scientist Journal and Pantheon Magazine.  "Keepsake," directed by Meredith Sause, and "Disengaged," directed by “Foodie's” Christopher G. Moore are currently in preproduction.

Scott Richie has worked in bars and restaurants for nearly twenty years, most of his time spent in the Triangle.  He was on board for such long gone projects as the Basement on Broad Street and Triangle staples like Federal and Milltown.  He may be familiar from his time behind the bar at Whiskey, where he tended bar from their opening until 2012.  Scott now works as an independent bar management and design consultant.  There's a reason why Scott has earned The Independent's Best of the Triangle's 2010, 2011 and 2012 "Best Bartender of Durham County" awards - he is truly innovative, combining a commitment to unique ingredient combinations, classic cocktail knowledge and as we all know, a style all his own.

Claudia Kemmet-Cooper, Guglhupf's founder and owner, learned early on that food was so much more than just sustenance, but rather a commodity that was carefully sought out, purchased and prepared by the women in her family. After brushing shoulders with the corporate world, Claudia quickly turned back to the comforts of the kitchen, and set on the path that ultimately led to the establishment of the popular foodie destination Guglhupf Bakery & Patisserie. After completing her formal training in baking and pastry at Rischart's in Munich, Claudia began tackling the many thorny issues of transplanting a German bakery concept to the US. Today Guglhupf is a popular destination and enjoys a reputation for outstanding artisanship and attention to quality. Claudia's passion for simple food in a welcoming and personable atmosphere is evident in the preparation, presentation, and ambiance one feels while shopping in the bakery or dining in the café.

About Outsiders Art & Collectibles:
Outsiders Art & Collectibles is Durham’s only gallery focusing on the genre of Southern Outsider Art. Outsider’s owner, Pamela Gutlon prides herself on using the gallery, not only as a venue for exposing Durham to Outsider Art, but also as a means towards creating community.  For more information visit the gallery online or call Pamela at 919-451-3231.

For more information about food events happening in Durham, visit the Durham Event Calendar.

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